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Orally-Fit Manilans By 2030

Orally Fit Manilans
Mayor Honey Lacuna (middle) and (standing behind the two children at Lacuna’s right) Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan with the kids who received free braces as they launched a campaign to promote healthy mouth and teeth among children in the city.(JERRY S. TAN)

Mayor Honey Lacuna yesterday said this is what her administration hopes to achieve as she and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan led a citywide campaign to promote awareness on the importance of oral health care.

Lacuna, a doctor, stressed the importance of letting the students know at the very early stages of their lives that having a healthy set of teeth and mouth is highly significant as it will also help shape their future.

Apart from avoiding illnesses that are borne by lack or wrong kind of oral hygiene, Lacuna said that having healthy mouths and teeth can also build confidence, noting how children, and even adults, develop insecurity if they have teeth that are problematic or visibly defective.

The program, dubbed, ‘Orally Fit Manilenyo,’ aims to drum up support from barangays and educational institutions to help the city government in creating early awareness on the need to practice oral hygiene and keep the mouth and teeth healthy.

It was learned from Pangan that barangay day care pre-schoolers and public school learners are the primary targets of the said information campaign, in an effort to make oral health care a habit among the children, so that they would carry it until such time that they reach adulthood.

“Pinangunahan po ng inyong lingkod ang paglulunsad ng napakagandang programang ito na naglalayong mabigyan ng sapat na kaalaman at kamalayan ang bawat barangay day care pre-schoolers at public school learners sa tamang pangangalaga at kalinisan ng ngipin at bibig nang sa gayon ay pagdating ng taong 2030 ay makamit natin ang pinapangarap para sa lahat na maging Orally Fit Manilenyo,” said Lacuna.

She added: “Walang imposible sa tunay na pagtutulungan at pagdadamayan. Para sa Orally Fit Manilenyo, sama-sama tayong magpadama ng kalinga sa ating mga Batang Maynila sa tamang pangangalaga at kalinisan ng ngipin at bibig nang sa gayon ay pagdating ng taong 2030 ay makamit natin ang pinapangarap para sa lahat na maging Orally Fit Manilenyo.”

The lady mayor thanked the Department of Health, Division of City Schools-Manila headed by Superintendent Magdalena Lim and the MHD under Pangan, for their cooperation and support.

Meanwhile, Dr. Pangan said that six lucky students from the various public schools in the city were given free braces, still under the said program that was launched by the mayor.

Pangan expressed hope that more sponsors will come forward to help children who need braces, as he expressed gratitude to the mayor, Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto and the entire Asenso Manilenyo party for their support.

He also commended the dentists who assisted in the program and said that by next year, the MHD aims to cover more children who need braces to help correct problems with their teeth such as crowding, crookedness or misalignment.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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