Implementing the Project of dental care for primary school students in Tra Vinh

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(TVU) – On January 12, 2021, Tra Vinh University welcomes Dr. Ikushima Akihito, Ph.D. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuong, the representative of Daishinkai Dental Group, to work at the school, implement the project to prevent infectious diseases through oral care for primary school students in Tra Vinh. The meeting is chaired by Mr. Le Van Han – Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Tra Vinh Provincial People Committee.

Dr. Ikushima Akihito – a representative of Daishinkai Dental Group, said that due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, the progress of the project named Prevention of infectious diseases through oral care has been taken place more slowly, so Japanese doctors cannot come to Vietnam. However, the project is progressing by Mikuni dentists (under Daishinkai Dental Group), and students participating in the project are all trained with professional knowledge. Dr. Ikushima Akihito also said that they felt very comfortable when Vietnam was conducting well the anti-Covid 19 program.

At the meeting, TVU approves the content, states the tasks for coordination between TVU and Daishinkai Dental Group. Specifically, Tra Vinh University is also ready to support teaching staff, students, and available physical equipment for a successful project to examine teeth and educate about oral hygiene. Daishinkai Dental Group will support 7,000 dental examination mirrors, train more than 300 students to check teeth and record examination sheets in oral hygiene education. The project must coordinate closely with the Department of Health and the Department of Education and Training of Tra Vinh to ensure the legality, reciprocal employees, and create peace of mind for parents and students.

At the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Quang – Deputy Head of Department of Oral Pathology and Facial Surgery (Faculty of Dentistry, Tra Vinh University) said that there are 17 primary schools in Tra Vinh province, with more than 9,000 pupils. Through his report, the delegates discuss the project implementation time, place to keep medical records, data after analysis, solutions implemented at private schools and schools in island communes, suitable contents for oral care education for each grade, and etc.

Dr. Duong Thi Truyen, Dean of School of Odonto- stomatology, said that examination for 17 primary schools in Tra Vinh province, with more than 9,000 students was fit with the team of TVU dental students. The project is useful to the community because the medical doctors promptly have a direction to handle effectively, control, and prevent infectious diseases through the examination, prolonged the life expectancy. The program also brings practical benefits to the young generation and is a useful scientific research topic for students in the School of Odonto- stomatology.

Mr. Vo Hoang Khai, TVU Vice-Rector, suggested to the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Training of Tra Vinh province, and the primary schools to coordinate smoothly with the medical team, promptly handling the situation. Students participating in the project can receive training points and soft skills subjects as graduate conditions. The project contributes to educating the spirit of community for TVU students to improve their professional expertise in Dentistry.

“Tra Vinh University Hospital is also ready to support available physical equipment for a successful project” – MSc. Dr. Le Van Nam – Director of Tra Vinh University Hospital said.

Mr. Le Van Han – gives thanks to the Daishinkai Dental Group, other departments, and Tra Vinh University. He hopes that the participants can be an influential nucleus for the success of the project.

Dr. Ikushima Akihito also gives a review session and shares knowledge with students of the School of Odonto- stomatology during this working trip.

The dental care project for primary school students in Tra Vinh is implemented for five years from 2021 to 2025. The delegation conducts dental examination and oral hygiene instructions three times per year, expected in March, September, and December. The project sends the oral test results to each parent through primary school.

Ngoc Thu