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Macleans, Lagos Ministry collaborate on oral health

Macleans toothpaste, a brand from the stable of Glaxosmithkline Consumers Plc said it is repositioning  as it is collaborating with the Lagos State Ministry of Health on increased awareness over oral hygiene in  Lagos schools.

Macleans which said it is proud to associate with the health ministry said it intends to expand it’s  programme to other parts of the country in the nearest future.

Representative of Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health, Lagos, Dr. Jemilade Longe, Director Family Health and Nutrition of the ministry said that the issue of oral hygiene in schools falls under the School Health Program, stressing that due to its importance and cost-effectiveness, the School Health Program was revitalised by the Ministry in 2006 to ensure that school children learn in a conducive environment and in good health.

Thus, he noted that the objectives of the Lagos State School Health Program were to ensure the promotion and maintenance of good health through health education, to ensure the early identification of disease in school children through medical screening and to ensure treatment of minor ailments and prompt referrals.

While stating that dental caries is the single most common chronic disease of childhood.  Noting that more than half of all children have caries before they enter primary school.  By the time they complete secondary school, 80 percent of them manifest dental caries.  “Unless arrested early, dental caries is irreversible and may lead to infection and ultimately tooth loss.  In addition poor oral health can have a profound effect on the quality of life. This would also affect the performance of the children and hinder their potentials.”

It is for this purpose that oral Health was integrated; to serve as focus on oral health and to increase the awareness on the need to have good oral hygiene in pupils, teachers and parents. “So, for this reason, the ministry is happy to partner GSK and Macleans on  the project.”


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