Oral Health Experts Report that 80% of Male Prisoners at Nsawam Prison Suffer from Dental Caries

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According to data from the Oral Health Professionals Association of Ghana (OHPAG), oral health issues affect 80% of male prisoners in Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.

Their claim follows a dental examination and outreach at the Nsawam Prisons.

The Oral Health Professional Association of Ghana conducted dental screenings for male prisoners at Nsawam Medium Security Prisons in the Eastern area as part of their celebration of World Oral Health DSeventy-three of the 75 prisoners who underwent screening had gum disease or dental caries.

For additional care, the afflicted prisoners were directed to the dental clinic at Nsawam Prison.

In an interview with Onua News, Association President Shaibu Issifu expressed his disgust with the state of affairs, attributing it to the jails’ dearth of dental health personnel and supplies.

In an effort to improve dental treatment and turn the situation around, he pleaded with the authorities to send more oral health specialists to the prisons.

”We are appealing to the government to recruit more oral health professionals to the prisons to improve dental treatment as well as to intensify oral health education.

Since 2019, we have professional dental nurses sitting at home waiting for their clearance. Meanwhile, these people if recruited can do this work to help improve dental care at the prisons,” he suggested.

Mr. Issifu restated the Association’s pledge to provide dentifrices to the Nsawam prisons as support.

Speaking outside the dental screening exercise, DSP Godfrey Magnusen, the principal physician assistant and clinical coordinator of institutions Hospital, Nsawam, pleaded with the public to help the institutions with logistics to improve the delivery of healthcare.

Source: 3news

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