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PIA Press Release
2009/02/12

Orally-fit child campaign highlights National Dental Health Month

Legazpi City (12 February) -- By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 559, issued on February 24, 2004 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the month of February every year as the National Dental Health Month.

The Department of Health (DOH) has launched the Orally Fit Child (OFC) drive aimed at increasing public awareness on proper dental health care.

This year, OFC campaign evolves on the theme: "Wastong Pagkain, Pangangalaga sa Ngipin, sa Ngiting Pinoy, Kaisang Kitang-kita Natin."

In line with this year's National Dental Health Month, a nationwide oral health examination and treatment care for children ages 12 to 71 months old will be conducted as a follow through with the orally OFC campaign.

DOH has also encouraged local government units all over the country to hold activities that will promote the campaign, including outreach activities in urban poor areas and areas with high prevalence of dental caries and/ or periodontal disease and those communities with low dental attendance in the health center; supervised tooth brushing drills and oral hygiene lectures in day care centers; mother's class to promote oral health practices during pregnancy and correct eating habits to young children starting from infancy, among others.

Local government officials and executives are directed to support and provide logistical assistance in the implementation of the above campaign.

This campaign is embodied in the Department Memorandum no. 2009-0010 dated January 6, 2009 issued by Undersecretary Mario C. Villaverde. (BUCAL/PIA) [top]

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