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SCH to launch national oral health survey.

DOHA THE Supreme Council of Health (SCH) will launch the first National Oral Health Survey in Qatar in the last quarter of this year.

The nationwide survey will be conducted in accordance with the standards adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and will be part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Oral Health Survey.

The programme will assess the magnitude of oral health diseases in Qatar and other Gulf countries.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, SCH Public Health Director Dr Mohamed al Thani said that about 4,500 students from government and private schools across Qatar will be examined during the survey.

"As recommended by the WHO, students who are 6, 12 and 15 years old will have a comprehensive check-up of their teeth by specialised dentists.

The survey is expected to be completed between 8 and 12 months and will comprise a team of about 70 dentists," he added.

He said, "Currently we do not know have any data on how much burden oral ailments put on the country's healthcare services.

We are in the process of developing a national oral health strategy to ascertain the magnitude of the problem and how to combat it.

The national survey will give us a lot of information about the oral health status in Qatar.

It will also help in the development of existing oral health services and programmes," he added.

Statistics from the GCC epidemiological studies suggest that the prevalence of dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, ranges between 80 to 90 percent among children in the region.

This dental ailment is also very common among residents in Qatar.

"The prevalence of dental caries among children continues to be a major clinical problem worldwide.

It is considered the most chronic dental childhood disease in the country despite tremendous improvement in our oral health services.

We are keen to launch the survey in line with the Qatar Vision 2030, as the initiative will help in raising the healthcare standards besides providing a solid health data base," al Thani added.

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Date:Mar 7, 2011
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