DOHA, Qatar, Mar 24 (NNN-QNA) – Qatar celebrates the eighth GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Oral Health promotion week, from Mar 25 to 31, themed: “Teeth, health and beauty,” to educate the community about health problems associated with oral and dental diseases, and encourage its members to adopt positive behaviour for oral and dental care.

According to press release on the Ministry website, the GCC oral health week had been held for seven consecutive years, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital, Shafallah Special Needs Centre, Qatar University and College of North Atlantic, giving a huge support for oral and dental health initiatives in the country.

The Ministry of Public Health organises many activities and events on this occasion, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of the Interior, Primary Health Care Corporation and College of North Atlantic-Qatar.

Students at preparatory, elementary and secondary schools will attend the celebrations and visit 16 healthcare centres for dental examinations and presentations on oral care.

Primary health care dental staff will be visiting the health promoting schools, to provide lectures on oral health, and to teach the students on the best way for oral home care.

The Department of Medical Services at the Ministry of Interior, organises an awareness day for dental clinics, and College of North Atlantic-Qatar organises an educational day on oral health for college students.

The results of the first national oral health survey in 2011, and published in 2013, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, showed that nearly 72 percent of school students aged six years, 54 percent of school students aged 12 years, and 55 percent Of school students aged 15 years have dental cares among a sample of school students surveyed by 3,248 students, representing 316 public and private schools.

This led the decision makers to form a national committee On Apr 1, 2015, comprising all relevant parties, to develop a national Oral Health strategy for Qatar.

The National Oral Health Strategy Committee is to implement the second National Oral Health Survey.

The celebration of the eighth GCC oral health week is part of the GCC’s plan for oral health promotion in the GCC countries, which includes a unified Gulf week in all GCC countries, at the same time, to promote oral health and to address the problem of the spread of dental cares, in particular, and oral diseases in general.– NNN-QNA

Source: NAM News Network