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JK lags behind in Oro-Dental health care: DAK


Srinagar, Nov 14: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday expressed concern over poor oro-dental care and facilities in state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Keeping in view the increasing number of patients in the specialty of oral health care  and corresponding lack of human power and infrastructure in state,  it is high time to create  posts for  Dental Surgeons,” said president DAK, Dr Suahil Naik.


Naik said that “it is established fact that poor and innocent people are forced to consult quacks for oro-dental ailments as successive state governments have miserably failed in upgrading the said specialty in terms of human resources and infrastructure.”

“It is unfortunate and pathetic that public service commission has not advertised any post of dental surgeons for last 10 years which has created a huge gap in doctor-patient ratio , unemployment and consequent brain drain. It is sad to mention that the number of unemployed dental surgeons have reached to more than 2500.”

Dr Owais H Dar, General secretary DAK said that “lackadaisical approach of state government to upgrade Dental health care is mainly responsible for epidemics of viral hepatitis especially Hepatitis B &C in state of Jammu and Kashmir as innocent people are forced to consult quacks. In pain and agony patient have no option in public sector and they invariably falls in trap of quacks, where they usually get infected with life limiting disease of hepatitis.”

“We request the Governor led administration to take  cognizance of this serious health issue and   appropriate  and immediate steps must be taken for  creation of dental surgeon  posts and upgradation of infrastructure in the larger interest of people of state.