Nurturing Oral Health in Rural Hearts
Oral health is essential for the general health and well-being of individuals. Prevalence of dental caries and periodontitis is more than 65% in Tamil Nadu.
PDCH is situated in Pandur village of Thiruvallur district, which has 9 taluks and 139 villages. But transportation is a big challenge for the patients to reach clinics or hospitals for dental treatment. To address this problem, Public Health Dentistry department developed an innovative plan.
Each intern is allotted a village and he/she has to conduct a camp, bring the patients to PDCH, provide treatment (basic treatment is free and advanced investigations and treatment are done at discounted fees), drop them back and follow them up. Further the patients were provided with free medicines and food. Apart from screening and treating, awareness program about ill effects of tobacco, cancer, communicable diseases are also done.
- Problem in getting proper treatment for the village population due to transport is resolved by picking them up from their door step and dropping back.
- The communication skill, confidence level and potential leadership quality among interns are improved. This practice also inculcates the service mentality and the perception towards the community is entirely changed because of the understanding of the specific needs and challenges of the community.