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DOH joins Public Health Dentists’ Convention

The Department of Health National Association of Dentists (DHNAD) held its 52nd Annual Convention & Scientific Meeting at the Bayfront Hotel, Cebu Citylast March 7 to 9, 2017 with the theme “Quality Preventive Dental Health Programs through Unity and Reform on Philippine Dentistry towards Excellence”. The goal of the said annual convention was to strengthen government health services and to come up with excellent dental programs.

DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag,keynote speaker of the event, highlighted the Philippine Health Agenda’s A.C.H.I.E.V.E. strategy: Advance primary care and quality; Cover all Filipinos against financial health risk; Harness power of strategic human resource; Invest in eHealth and data for decision-making; Enforce standards, accountability, and transparency; Value clients and patients; and Elicit multi-sector, multi-stakeholder support for health. AsecTayagthen showcased his eminent dance moves after his speech.

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Dr. Edwina Go, Regional Dental Coordinator of DOH – RO IV-A, had a lecture on the Public Health Today and Tomorrow. She emphasized the integration of DOH Oral Health Program on “PinggangPinoy”, a food guide developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with the DOH, World Health Organization (WHO), and National Nutrition Council (NNC). It uses a food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis to meet the body's energy and nutrient. It also serves as a visual tool to help Filipinos adopt healthy eating habits at meal times by delivering effective dietary and healthy lifestyle.

One of the highlights of this event was the induction of new officers of the DHNAD. Dr. ArtemioLicos Jr. was inducted by the Philippine Dental Association President, Dr. Carlos Buendia, as the DHNAD president for 2017-2018.

The DOH Regional Office VII was represented by Dr. Edsel Roseus Villas of the Regulations, Licensing and Enforcement Division, Dr. Rick Man Cabello of the Local Health Support Division and the deployed dentists of the DOH Dentist Deployment Project (DDP).

Article Contributor: Dr. Edsel Roseus Villas