Kavango East's Chief Dentist, Dr. Elizabeth Hausiku-Elago, says the region is benefiting from the various developments made in the dentistry field.

Dr. Hausiku-Elago was speaking during Oral Health Awareness week at Rundu.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about issues surrounding oral health and oral hygiene so various stakeholders can work together to achieve healthier mouths and happier lives.

Dr. Hausiku-Elago says residents of Kavango East have reaped the benefits of some of the dentistry-related developments.

"The installation of the state-of-the-art dental unit and dental x-ray at Rundu Intermediate Hospital that the ministry of health's head office procured has greatly improved oral health care in our community in terms of the provision of quality oral health care. We were able to conduct outreach services in areas such as Takwasa and Sambyu."

The health professionals say there has been an overwhelming response from locals all over the region.

"We are excited that the response, especially from the remote areas, has been very good to date. At times, economic hardship results in people not being able to access health care services. But by going to them, they pay zero cents for transport, and they will receive dental services right where they live, Kavango East's chief medical officer explained."
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services says oral health is still an area that is often overlooked, making it a silent but significant health burden affecting countless lives.

"In the African Region, more than 480 million people suffer from oral diseases such as dental caries, periodontal disease, and tooth loss, despite most of these being preventable. The burden of oral diseases reflects significant inequalities, with marginalised populations disproportionately impacted."

Unhealthy diets high in sugar, smoking, harmful use of alcohol, and poor hygiene are just some of the factors contributing to oral diseases.



Frances Shaahama