I call upon the delegates assembled here to be creative and caring and be committed to the welfare of the common people,” Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said today.
He was speaking at the 4th International Conference and
Exhibition in Dental and Oral Health for World Dental and Oral Health Congress organised by World Dental Council and Graviton International in Chennai.
He said three international conferences have already been held in London. This is the first conference of the World Dental and Oral Health Congress taking place outside
the United Kingdom.
“The conferences have helped to provide recognition to dentists who have excelled in the profession and also provide an opportunity for dentists to interact and learn about the latest advances in the field,” he said.
According to the Governor, Tamil Nadu enjoys the pride of having setup the first dental college in the country. It was the first State to enact the Public Health Act. The Government General Hospital and the Government Eye Hospital in Chennai are among the oldest in Asia.
“Private sector involvement in the establishment of hospitals for medical treatment has been in existence in Tamil Nadu for more than 100 years. Today the State enjoys an excellent network of hospitals and colleges all over the state making it one of the finest locations for medical diagnosis and treatment in the eastern part of the globe.”
He said according to the WHO the ideal Dentist-population ratio is 1:7500. There are about 300 dental colleges in India and nearly 25,000 graduates pass out every year.
But most of them settle down in the urban areas and hence the dentist population ratio in India’s urban areas is about 1:10,000 while it is 1:1,50,000 in the rural areas.
While conferences such as these will enthuse more youngsters to pursue dentistry as an occupation it is necessary to underline the point that there needs to be greater spread of doctors to the rural areas, he added.