*Kejriwal Government takes up a unique initiative to make India tobacco free — opens country's first National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation in the national capital

*Health Minister Satyendar Jain inaugurates Resource Centre for Oral Health; stresses on bringing awareness for tobacco prevention

*Through the National Resource Centre, dentists of the country will get better training, will have an important role in conducting research on dental health and developing government policies

*Due to the consumption of tobacco, the cases of oral cancer are increasing rapidly among the youth, it is good to leave this addiction from today- Satyendar Jain

*Don't be fooled by companies promoting drugs, give a smile to your life by quitting tobacco - Satyendar Jain

*Your oral health is as important as the health of your body, so take special care of your oral health - Satyendar Jain

NEW DELHI: 24TH MAY 2022-The Kejriwal Government is continuously working towards providing best healthcare facilities to all citizens and strengthening the public health infrastructure of Delhi. In this episode, on Tuesday, Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain inaugurated the National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation (NRC-OH-TC). Furthermore, he also launched the official logo (insignia) of NRC-OH-TC. Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain said that most of the people are still not aware about their oral health and dental hygiene. This is the reason why the cases of oral cancer are increasing rapidly even among the youth. National Resource Center for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation has been established with the objective of spreading awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco and drugs, to provide better training to the dentists of the country and to conduct research on dental health. It is the first National Resource Center among the total 315 Dental Colleges in the country.


*Oral health is as important as the health of your body

Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain said that every year more than 7 million deaths occur due to tobacco use alone across the world. This is an alarming signal for the people. Nicotine found in tobacco is very harmful to health and wellbeing. Due to its consumption, there is a possibility of dangerous diseases like cancer, depression, impotence, but people are still finding it difficult to stay away from consuming tobacco. Tobacco use weakens the brain and nervous system. If you want to avoid these diseases, then it is better to give up the addiction of consuming tobacco from today itself. It is important for everyone to understand that the health of your mouth is as important as the health of your body. In such a situation, it is important that you take special care of the health of your teeth and give a smile to life by quitting tobacco.

*Dentists will be given better training in National Resource Centre

Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain said that dentists work closely to treat patients who consume tobacco. If a person gets addicted to tobacco, then a dentist can help a person to get rid of tobacco more than other doctors. Dentists of the country and the national capital Delhi will be given better training in this National Resource Center. Different types of training programs and sessions will be conducted here. Also, this centre will play an important role in conducting research, developing and supporting government policies. Due to this, the policies of the government will be formulated by keeping the population in mind and those who are addicted to consuming tobacco avoiding their oral health and dental hygiene. Various awareness programs related to health related issues will also be organized here.

Appreciating the services provided by Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, he said that for the last 10 years, 10,000 patients have been treated in MAIDS for tobacco prevention and cessation. Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences has always played a leading role in delivering quality Dental Care, Research and Dental Education to serve the needy. Due to this today, it has got the status of the country's first National Resource Center.


*Helpless and needy people will get help in Resource Center

Dr. Sangeeta Talwar, Director, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi Gate, said that MAIDS is the first dental hospital recognized by NABH since 2011. The National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation, MAIDS will now play a key role in developing the range of dental health professionals in patient care, research and tobacco cessation. Tobacco cessation will help many helpless and needy people who are unaware of the ill-effects of tobacco consumption. I appeal to all the health institutions and the people of the country to spread maximum awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco. Comprehensive efforts are needed to completely stop the use of tobacco in the country or to eliminate the pathology of the drug.

*Goal of National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation:

1. Spreading Awareness- Trying to make people more aware about the ill-effects of tobacco and drugs.

2. Empowerment - To empower people from all segments of society to stop using tobacco.

3. Participation in Research - Research will be done in this centre. Research papers will be made in different languages for health-education. These research papers will be circulated to different places of the country.

4. Contribution to Policies - The Centre will play an important role in developing and supporting the policies of the Government because these should be made keeping in mind all the people.

5. Dentist Training - To train the dentists of the country so that they can provide better treatment to other people.

6. Caution - To inform the tobacco users or smokers about its harm through awareness programs, which they usually pass on to their immediate family members.

7. Strategize and provide support- Apart from educating people, it also helps people to quit tobacco habits.

8. Post-treatment Responsibility - Once the habit gets released , it does not come again, the record of the patients will be kept even after the treatment. It will be helpful in providing advice and help to the patients.

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