25 April 2016
Speaking during the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos, the President of the association of Private Dental Practitioners in Nigeria, Dr. Bidemi Dawodu, lamented the death of standard of dental clinics in the country to properly tackle oral health issues in the country. He said that despite Nigeria having about 896 dentists, the country still has shortage of good dental clinic.
He said “We have been working with governments to build standard clinics. We hope to see that if possible all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria have their own dental clinics and most importantly we have been following up on the oral health service that was launched about two years ago. About two years ago, a comprehensive policy was launched then in Abuja by the former Senate President, David Mark in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The policy aim is to ensure that dental services are made available to Nigerians. To spread it all over the 774 local government areas in the country and see that every local government has its own dental clinic.”
“One thing is to formulate a policy and it’s another thing to implement it. The implementation has not been seen till now. We need government to be courageous enough to implement it, so that the country will be better off in terms of oral health.