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Niligiris Oral Health Program for Tribal Population

The Team Public Health Dentistry in association with Kathirvel Nagamal Trust and ISLAND Trust, Kothagiri, conducted an Oral Health Program at Nilgiris District for tribal population. A team of well trained 28 conducted the program which comprised of 17 interns, 7 faculties and 4 paramedics. The main aim of the program was to provide oral health care service and awareness to the under served tribal population of Nilgris namely Badugas, Irulas, Kurumbas and Kothars.

Salient features of this program:

  • Total of 540 patients and 800 treatments (scaling, restoration and extraction) were done.
  • 2 MOU were signed with Kathirvel Nagamal Trust and ISLAND Trust to provide yearly oral health care program for the tribal population.
  • 3 oral health education posters and pamphlets were donated to the trusts.
  • School health education was provided to the Government Higher Secondary School, Yedappali.

About the Camp

Day 1:

Date : 03.07.2015

Venue : Yedappali community hall, Coonoor.

Target population : Badugas

Inaugurated by : Assistant Executive Engineer, TamilNadu Electricity Board.

Noteworthy events : School Oral Health Education at Government Higher Secondary School, Yedappali.

Day 2:

Date : 04.07.2015

Venue : ISLAND trust, Kothagiri.

Target population : Residents of Kothagiri.

Inaugurated by : Mr. Lakshmi Narasimman, Panchayat Union Commissioner; Mr. Rajan, Bluemountain Consumer Protection Committee Secretary; Mr. Sinivasan, Ward Councellor and Mr. Alphonse Raj, Managing Director – ISLAND trust.

Noteworthy events : Signed 2 MOUs with Kathirvel Nagamal Trust, Coonoor and ISLAND Trust, Kothagiri.

Day 3:

Date : 05.07.2015

Venue : Government High School, Sholurmattam.

Target population : Irulas, Kurumbas and Kothars.

Inaugurated by : Mr. Alphonse Raj, Managing Director – ISLAND

Noteworthy events : Consaguinous marriage was found to be trust, common among these population of Irulas, Kurumbas and Kothars. Few syndromes have been diagnosed such as Pierre Robinson syndrome & Cherubism and few other conditions such as Vitamin D deficiency Dwarfism & Mental Retardation.

Status report on treatments done:

Total no. of scaling done : 327

Total no. of restoration done : 291

Total no. of extraction done : 182