Third Workshop on drafting National Oral Health Policy
The third and the final workshop for drafting of National Oral Health Policy was held on 18th -19th March 2019 at the Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMS, New Delhi. The committee constituted by the delegates from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, technical experts from distinguished institutions across the nation and representatives from professional bodies including the Indian Dental Association attended the meeting.
Prof. OP Kharbanda, Chief, CDER welcomed and addressed the gathering. During his address he emphasized on the significance of oral health in overall health. He suggested that affordability, accessibility and sustainability are the pillars of oral healthcare and emphasized on essential oral hygiene practices like tooth brushing and mouth rinsing. He proposed an agenda on integration of oral health with overall health, affordable oral health care, cost effective oral hygiene products, public awareness on oral health, importance of prevention and the need for translational research in oral health.
Prof. VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the workshop. He advocated to emphasize on alarmist approach and advised following inclusions during drafting of National Oral Health Policy. “Emphasis on prevention, development of five key messages on oral health to be universally followed among healthcare professionals, measurable and realistic targets in alignment with National Health Policy 2017, linkages to secondary and tertiary care, standard treatment protocols for uniformity in oral healthcare delivery, integration of policy into the existing framework of Ayushman Bharat and PM- JAY, targeted expenditure and Cost To Treat analyses, data generation and analytics on the current burden of oral diseases in India and exploring the possibilities of listing oral hygiene products in the essential drug list for ensuring cost cutting and enhancing affordability.
Sh. Sudhir Kumar Joint Secretary, MoHFWhighlighted key points to gather administrative attention to make National Oral Health Policy a reality.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Harsh Priya, Assistant Professor, CDER,who extended sincere thanks toSh. ZileyVical Singh, Deputy Secretary, MoHFW; Dr. L. Swasticharan, CMO, NOHP and Dr. Akriti Mehta, Consultant, NOHP, MoHFWfor working hand in hand with CDER in all the NOHP activities. She thanked all the dignitaries, participants, organizing committee and supporting staff of the AIIMS. The inaugural session was concluded by a group photograph and national anthem.
Drafting of Oral Health Policy:
Dr. L Swasticharan CMO, NOHP, MoHFWdelivered a brief overview of the salient features of the policy draft which was subsequently followed by an extensive review of the individual sections of the draft prepared during the previous workshop.
The delegates provided their valuable inputs from the start and subsequently a group of two-three delegates were designated to complete a particular segment of the draft incorporating the inputs received. A consensus was reached to delegate a third party to write the executive summary.
The discussion till the objectives and targets segment of the previous draft was completed on the first day of the workshop. The delegates submitted their respective completed sections of prior to the start of second day.
The brainstorming sessions for drafting national oral health policy started on the second day with utmost zeal and enthusiasm.The remarks by the experts after consensus was reached were considered and simultaneously the changes were made in the final draft.
A greater emphasis throughout the day was laid on inter-ministerial collaborations, capacity building and utilisation of user friendly digital initiatives for oral health promotion.
In addition, the need to urgently reform the dental education system and generate data pertaining to components of oral health care delivery system was also discussed.
The penultimate draft was discussed till the end and appropriate changes were made to complete the final draft.
The workshop was concluded by distribution of participation certificates to the delegates. Prof OP Kharbanda delivered the concluding remarks and applauded the delegates for their active participation throughout the workshop.
Training of AYUSH Health Professionals on Oral Health Promotion
Date: 28th February 2019
First Southern Regional Review Meet National Oral Health Programme, Chennai
A Regional Review Meeting for State Nodal Officers of Southern states for National Oral Health Programme (NOHP) was held on 23rd October 2018. The six of the seven states nodal officers had participated for this meeting. Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER), AIIMS, New Delhi is designated as the National Centre of Excellence for the Implementation of the NOHP and Dr. OP Kharbanda, Chief, CDER had attended this meeting. He had appraised all the nodal officers regarding eDantSeva (website) and mobile app which is being developed under NOHP and reviewed the mapping of government dental health facilities.
National Typodont Skill Workshop-2018
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Deformities, Center for Dental Education and Research AIIMS, New Delhi, under the leadership of Prof.Dr. O. P. Kharbanda, organized “A-Z of Hands on Orthodontics National Typodont Skill Workshop, 2018” from 5th-7th October 2018.
It was attended by over 100 enthusiastic post graduate students from more than 30 dental colleges across the whole country.
As Orthodontics being one of the oldest dental specialty has varied treatment options and techniques being followed. This workshop aimed to introduce a common platform to share knowledge and bring the participants at par to each other in clinical practice.
It was a three days’ workshop with lectures on first day. The next two days were totally dedicated for hands on skill development. Prof. Vinay Kumar Bahl, Academics Dean, AIIMS New Delhi consented to be the chief guest for inauguration of first day program that was organized at Ramalingaswamy board room. This three days’ workshop was inaugurated with lamp lighting by the chief guest and Lt. Gen. Sanjay Londhe, Director General Dental Services, Colonel Commandant Army Dental Corps who was the guest of honor, followed by reciting of Ganesh Vandana by the residents of the department. The occasion was graced by Prof. Shailesh Deshmukh, President Indian Orthodontic Society and Heads of orthodontic department from various dental colleges of NCR region. The inaugural ceremony ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Vilas Samrit, organizing secretary and Assistant Professor Department of Orthodontics, CDER.
The lectures began with the background and evolution of edgewise technique by Prof.Dr. OP Kharbanda, Dr Pradeep Jain and Dr. Ritu Duggal and so on. The lectures were of interactive kind, where participants were encouraged to ask questions and get their queries solved. The extensive day ended with lecture on lingual orthodontics by Dr Sanjay Labh highlighting the differences between buccal and lingual technique.
The venue for 2nd and 3rd day hands on skill workshop was CDER. The participants were divided into two groups based on the courses they opted- Pre-adjusted edgewise and lingual. It comprised on lectures followed by hands on skill demonstration. The lingual course was demonstrated by Dr Sanjay Labh and team while the pre-adjusted edgewise was lead by Dr MS Sidhu, Dr Sunanda Roychoudhary, Dr Sridhar Kanan on 1st day followed by Dr Jayesh Rahalkar and Dr Puneet Batra on 2nd day. They were assisted by team of residents of the department of Orthodontics, CDER AIIMS. They were instilled with knowledge of wires and loops right form basics to clinical tips. The enthusiasm of the participants lead to the extension of the conference well beyond its stipulated end time of 5 pm.
The highlight of the conference was banquet dinner organized at Indian Habitat Center by the organizers. The banquet was graced by the presence of alumni and faculty members of CDER AIIMS.
The second day ended with a group photo of all the participants as remembrance and were validated with certificates. The feedback of the participants was encouraged to improve and re-organize many more such workshops in the future.
Monitoring of School Based Pit and Fissure Sealant Programme , Chennai.
Dr. Harsh Priya, Asst Professor, Division of Public Health Dentistry, CDER, AIIMS, New Delhi was designated to do the Monitoring of School Based Pit and Fissure Sealant Programme, an initiative of MoHFW at GDC Chennai on 24th October 2018. She conducted the monitoring of the School Based Pit and Fissure Sealant Programme, in a primary school (Tamil Nadu Government Adhidravida Nagarthurai) at Periyapalayam, Thiruvallur District. The Interns from GDC Chennai were performing the Pit and Fissure Sealant which was evaluated. Also the register maintained regarding the treatment was checked. A visit was also made to an upgraded Primary Health Centre at Periyapalayam where a dentist was posted and patients were being treated. Infrastructure wise PHC was well equipped. The Medical Officer of the PHC was appreciated for a well functioning centre.