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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM (IST)

Surgeons flay govt over failure to promote oral healthcare

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 20

The Society of Dental Surgeons (SDS) on Monday castigated the government for failing to promote quality oral healthcare to the patients.

As a mark of protest against the “step-motherly treatment” shown by the government towards oral health services, the dental surgeons across the state wore black bands, a statement issued here by the SDS said.

SDS president Dr Imtyaz Maqbool said the state of oral health services is in shambles which has led to various health hazards, especially blood-borne diseases.

However, the government seems to be in deep slumber, he said.

Dr Maqbool added that J&K had only 500 sanctioned posts of dental surgeons for a population of 1.25 crore which flaws the WHO oral health guidelines.

More than 2,000 dental surgeons in the state are unemployed and on the contrary, there is a dire need of upgrading the dental sections by recruiting the desired human resource, he added.

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