Shimla/November 1 (NG News)
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday said that dentistry had emerged as a new medicinal science and as a specialized service and it was important to keep ourselves abreast with the latest scientific advances in the field.
Singh said that despite advancement in the dentistry we have to be on our toes to learn new and latest techniques to serve the people better.
“Government of Himachal Pradesh is committed to improve the health services in the State and has opened many institutions in remote areas and was ensuring placement of doctors,” he said.
He said that there were number of hospitals in the State and the need now was to strengthen the same with latest equipment and machinery.
Around 165 bighas of land had been identified on the outskirts of Shimla town where both the Dental college and Nursing college would be housed and which will further ease the congestion in both the IGMC and dental College Shimla, he said.
The Dental College and Hospital at Shimla was providing best of its services to the people and was one of the best Dental Colleges in the Country. The Shimla Dental College and Hospital was set up in the year 1994 and there were only 20 seats in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) whereas today there were around 60 seats and 320 BDS seats in the State in both the Government and the Private Dental Colleges and Hospitals.
Today, the Dental College Shimla, can boast of achieving specialization in dentistry and the related field. Under school Health Care Programme, regular dental check up of the Children was being ensured, stated the Chief Minister. There were few private colleges in the State which were doing well in the field of Dental Hygiene and were providing qualified services to the people.
He said that the Government was providing improved facilities to the Dental doctors and all their genuine demands would be looked into.
The Chief Minister congratulated the Indian Dental Association, Himachal Chapter for organizing the workshop and said that he hopes that the conference would help in evaluating the skills and about the latest developments and research taking place in the field of Dentistry.
Giving details of the IDA, Dr Mahesh Verma, President, IDA said that at present there were 500 branches of the IDA all over the Country with 65000 members.
He urged the Chief Minister to strengthen the existing infrastructure and said that Himachal Pradesh had made a remarkable improvement in the field of dental health. He said that he was pleased to know that dental clinics in Himachal were opened even in far flung and Trial areas of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti. However, there was a need to open more dental hospitals in the State and urged the Chief Minister to create posts of Dental surgeons in the State upto PHC level.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dhani Ram Shandil while extending his heartiest felicitation to the IDA, HP Chapter for organizing the conference said that today even the people residing in rural areas had realized that Dental Health is to be given importance.