`Extend dental care to rural people'

PONDICHERRY, DEC. 22. The Lt. Governor, Dr. Rajani Rai, has stressed the need for extending dental care to the rural people at their doorsteps.

Inaugurating a three-day tenth national conference of the Indian Academy of Oral Pathologists in the Mahatma Gandhi Government Dental College and Hospital here on Friday, she said there should be a sustained campaign on dos and don'ts of oral hygiene and prevention of oral cancer.

Villagers languishing in economic and social backwardness should be taken care of, the Lt. Governor said.

The Health Minister, Mr. E. Valsaraj, who released a souvenir at the conference, said the younger generation should be prevented from patronising fastfood culture which was detrimental to their health.

He called upon doctors and scientists and the faculty participating in the conference to devote their full energy and resources to discover new medicines to cure deadly diseases. The code of conduct recommended for scientists by the National Council for Science and Technology should be strictly adhered to, he said.

Dr. L.S. Poonja, president of the academy, Dr. V.K. Hazarey, secretary, Dr. Alka D Kale, conference secretary, Dr. Shyam Singh, college principal, and Mr. T.T. Joseph, chief secretary, spoke.

Nearly 120 delegates from different parts of the country are participating in the deliberations.

Dr. V. Ramesh, head, department of Pathology and the chairman of the organising committee, and Dr. P.D. Balamurali, spoke.