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Young doctors must work in rural areas before first promotion: Vice President

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New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has told authorities to make it mandatory to young doctors to work in rural areas at least for two to three years before they get their first promotion.

He was addressing the 11th International Dental Students & 5th Dental Surgeons Conference, jointly organized by Dental Students Welfare Association and Dental Surgeons Conference, here today. Dental students and dental surgeons from different parts of India and abroad have participated in this conference.

The Vice President said that the most common oral diseases are dental cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, oral infectious diseases, trauma from injuries, and hereditary lesions. Proper awareness and setting up of health camps will be a solution address this problem, he added.

The Vice President wanted the healthcare professionals to conduct dental camps in the rural areas which were neglected over the years. He appreciated the participants who have taken oath to work for 15 days in a year in rural areas for free. That is a good idea and I am sure that the initiative will help the needy, he said. Medical professionals should work for lifestyle changes of people, he added.

The Vice President said that while the government is keen to set up more colleges in the public sector, strict action should be taken by the Dental Council against the private dental colleges which are not maintaining proper standards and falling short of stipulations. We cannot afford any kind of laxity when it comes to health education and healthcare of the people, he said. I am told that only 40 of the 300 odd dental colleges in the country are in the government sector, he added.

The Vice President said that today the digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of our life. He further said that while using the latest technology, you should ensure that the treatment and implants are within the affordable range of the common man. We need to encourage people to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit dentists periodically to ensure a healthy society, he added.

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