Three hundred pupils in the public primary schools of Jos have benefited from a dental health medical outreach organized by the Rotary Club of Naraguta, Plateau State.
The exercise involved dental care checks and distribution of free dental items to the beneficiaries. It also included diagnosis, treatment and distribution of free dental kits.
Ms. Theresa Eyetan, President of the Rotary Club, said that the club was targeting 10 public schools in July as part of activities to celebrate the Rotary Club month. She made this known at the flag-off of the exercise in St. John’s Primary School, Jos,“We decided to focus on dental therapy to minimize dental challenges in children.
We also opted to focus on children in public schools because we found that they have more dental challenges as most of them are less privileged,” she said.
Eyetan said that medical outreaches are among the key thematic areas of the club targeted at improving lives in the society.
In his remarks, Dr. Samuel Awosolu, a dentist from Shendam Hospital, who conducted the outreach, commended the Club for the noble gesture.
He explained that children were prone to dental challenges because of their diet and life style, and advised parents to pay more attention to them.
“Our lifestyle and diet are generally responsible for prevalent dental challenges. Children are given processed foods and sweets, which are harmful to their cavities and usually lead to tooth decay.
The teeth is supposed to last a lifetime and should be properly taken care of. Tooth decay can be prevented through eating healthy diet and brushing the teeth regularly,” he explained.
In her remarks, Mrs. Phibi Gyang, the Head Mistress of the benefiting school, appreciated Rotary Club for the kind gesture.
“Your outreach is for the children, but it has also enlightened some of the teachers on how to care for the teeth. We shall make this a continuous campaign,” she said.
Most of the primary and nursery pupils of St. John’s Primary School had holes in their teeth and were attended to. They were also given reports to their parents for further instructions and referrals.
The Naraguta Rotary Club of District 9125 also offered to build the capacity of the teachers of the school, as part of its social responsibility.