Rizal intensifies effort to promote oral hygiene

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Feb. 26 (PIA) — The provincial government of Rizal, through the cooperation of local government units (LGUs) and Department of Education (DepEd)-Rizal, conducted month-long activities in celebration of the Oral Health Month.

With the theme, “Ngipin Pangalagaan Sakit Maiwasan, Bansa’y Matulungan Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” activities such as lectures on oral health, oral examination, distribution of toothbrushes and toothpastes, dental services, and awarding of orally-fit children were held at different public schools and venues province-wide.

The highlights of this year’s celebration focused on the promotion of the Orally Fit Child (OFC) to children aged 6 to 71 months old. Efforts were also intensified to improve the oral health conditions of pregnant women as contribution to the implementing reforms on Maternal Newborn and Child Health Nutrition Strategy to rapidly reduce maternal and newborn mortality.

In selected venues province-wide, counseling activities were also conducted for adolescents and young people on good hygiene, diet and adverse effect of tobacco smoking, drugs and alcohol to oral health and the general health especially during pregnancy.

A total of 521 day-care children, 69 orally fit children and 500 pregnant mothers were provided free oral examinations and other dental services during the culminating activities.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) said that more children will benefit from this intensified campaign which aims to underscore the importance of taking care of one’s teeth and to instil awareness among children and parents.

“The provincial government is committed to bringing the best health services to our constituents. A healthy people reflect a healthy community,” remarked Gov. Jun Ynares III. (PIO/GG-PIA Rizal)


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