'Each dentist should treat 20 patients a year in rural India'

'Each dentist should treat 20 patients a year in rural India'

He said on Tuesday that though he had made many achievements in his career as a scientist, he felt “blessed” when he created lightweight calipers for children.

He asked the medical fraternity to be sensitive to the poor.

Referring to the high cost of dental replacement process, Kalam said, “The main problem is that all the equipment and material needed for designing and fitments, including dental chairs, are presently imported... But as an engineer, I believe Indian industries, with the assistance of our research and development labs and doctors, can build the dental chair in a cost-effective way.”

Kalam was addressing an audience in Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) on the occasion of ‘Delhi Smiles: Dental Health Utsav 2011’.

The dental festival, which will conclude on December 17, was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit.

The public can get free dental check-ups from 9 am to 3 pm every day during the festival.

Many cultural events and competitions are being organised to spread awareness about day-to-day dental care.

The former president stressed on the need to develop a network of dental centres across the country to generate clinical database which will be useful for research, including pathbreaking findings.

He also spoke of the need to extend the services of mobile dental clinics to all parts of the country.

“Mobile dental clinics are functional in places like Delhi, Mumbai and some cities in Karnataka. They cover urban slums and some village areas. I suggest they be spread all over the country,” he said.

He ended his speech with an ‘Oath for Dental Professionals’ that each dentist will treat at least 20 rural patients in rural areas at a minimum cost each year.

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