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Oral disease a NCD risk factor

There is no doubt that the incidences of oral diseases like dental caries and periodontal diseases are increasing and is resulting in not only economic loss but a diminished quality of life. This was highlighted by His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote during the official opening of the Asia Pacific Society of Periodontology […]

Salote Qalubau

August 20, 2016 7:34 am

There is no doubt that the incidences of oral diseases like dental caries and periodontal diseases are increasing and is resulting in not only economic loss but a diminished quality of life.

The President also participated during the capacity building exercise in Rotuma in 2014.
His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote. (DEPTFO)

This was highlighted by His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote during the official opening of the Asia Pacific Society of Periodontology Colloquium at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

A total of 90 dental practitioners from the Pacific region attended the conference.

The Periodontology (Oral health) conference is organised by the Fiji National University (FNU) with the theme ‘Healthy Gums for Healthy Body Systems’.

President Konrote stressed that medical and dental practitioners must take more proactive leadership roles to ensure decision makers, stakeholders, partners in health and the community move towards reducing the burden of NCDs.

KONROTE: “As Fiji’s champion in promoting good health and reducing NCDs, I am personally very happy to see the developments towards addressing the root causes of NCDs. I am also aware that many countries in our region are also taking a stand against NCDs.”

He said the dental profession in Fiji supported the National NCD Policy and strategy and took crucial points into consideration during this process.

KONROTE: “Many undiagnosed NCDs are first suspected and detected by dental practitioners and referred to the medical officers.Where resources are scarce, dentists are willing to combine their resources and expertise with primary health care providers and teachers in prevention and health promotion strategies.”

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