Swashtha Mukh Abhiyan: India’s first oral health policy
With Maharashtra recording the highest number of oral cancer cases in the country, the Devendra Fadnavis government has come up with the country’s first oral health policy, Swashtha Mukh Abhiyan, which will be launched soon.

Under the programme, it will be mandatory for all private dental hospitals and clinics to screen, without charge, poor patients for oral cancer. State-run facilities are already doing this. The target is to screen 5 crore people. The government will fund the treatment through existing healthcare schemes.

Swashtha Mukh Abhiyan was finalised for launch after Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, the country’s top cancer-care facility, presented a grim picture about the incidence of oral cancer, especially among youngsters, in the state, which witnesses 1 lakh deaths linked to tobacco use every year.

“Oral cancer is the number 1 cause of death among male patients and number 3 among female patients,” said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, a senior oncologist with Tata Memorial. “The majority of the patients are below the age of 35.”

Read more: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/state-to-unveil-indias-first-oral-health-policy/articleshow/65864136.cms
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