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New Initiative To Enhance Oral Health Care Of Expectant Mothers

In the quest to improve oral health care services, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has launched a new initiative to benefit the expectant mothers. This has been made
01 Apr 2017 12:30
New Initiative To Enhance Oral Health Care Of Expectant Mothers

In the quest to improve oral health care services, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has launched a new initiative to benefit the expectant mothers.

This has been made possible through the launching of the new antenatal care (ANC) card that enables the expectant mothers to easily access the free advice and information on oral health care services.

The initiative was launched earlier this week by Dr James Fong, Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Dr Fong described the initiative as a platform to empower the expectant mothers to take ownership of their health.

“The Ministry has expanded the oral health services in making services accessible in various settings.

“And most importantly for all Fijians to take ownership of their health by empowering them to achieve full health potential through caring sustainable health care systems,” he said.

“The Ministry emphasises on the promotion of good oral health for pre and post natal mothers and this resulted in the development of, ‘My ANC Oral Health Card- A Smile for 2.’

“The new ANC Card carries vital information for all Antenatal Clinic patients, those that will be birthing and nurture new citizens of this country.

“The initiative has been put together by the oral health team to share primary health care skills with the aim to empower every expectant mother to understand the importance of having good oral hygiene and be able to teach their children on how to take care of their teeth.”

As such pregnant women with ‘My ANC Oral Health Card’ will be able to access preventative services that includes free advice, oral examination and appropriate treatment.

Through this initiative the Ministry of Health and Medical Services aims to effectively communicate facts of oral health also aligned to antenatal care.

“It will also ensure that expectant mothers are empowered to maintain their own oral health keeping in mind the importance of their health during pregnancy.

“Gum disease could lead to premature birth or a low birth weight baby.

“As stipulated in the oral health business plan for 2017, 10 per cent of all ANC mothers to be screened and advised on good oral hygiene practices.

“A cubicle has been allocated to CWM Hospital health team to carry out dental check-ups and provide oral health hygiene advice and referrals for the completion of all dental treatments of the expectant mothers,” Dr Fong said.

 



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