SGOD Conducts Division Orientation on School Dental Health Care Program

By: Dr. Henry De Leon & Dr. Katrina Apo Dentists

The dental health team of School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) spearheaded the Division Orientation on School Dental Health Care program at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel, Ambassador hall. Sta. Cruz, Manila on January 29, 2020. The aim of the activity was to improve the health status of all learners by ensuring the effective implementation of a holistic and comprehensive oral health program.

Dr. Gemma C. Villaluna, SGOD Chief gave her welcome remarks. She also mentioned the directive from the Central Office and appealed to the School Heads to achieve 85% target for deworming.

The opening remarks was delivered by ASDS, Dr. Buenafe E. Sabado where she emphasized the value of oral health care in reducing absenteeism among learners.

In his message, Dr. ALEJANDRO G. IBAŇEZ, OIC- Schools Division Superintendent, stated that according to research findings, there is a direct association between oral care and academic performance and otherwise.. Thus, good oral hygiene means increased academic performance. Hence, health service is included in the school governance in order to respond to the holistic development of learners.

            Dr. Felicitas Come- Ducusin, President & CEO Parents of University Students Organization, Inc., De La Salle University was the invited guest speaker. In her talk she averred that in order to attain the success and proper delivery of the program, the Department shall closely coordinate with other government agencies, organizations, local government units, other institutions, communities and families. The roles and responsibilities of the central office, regional offices, schools Division offices through the SGOD and schools through the school heads are reiterated.

            The participants were given the opportunity to ask questions to the dentists headed by Dr. Ducusin, with Dr. Gloria Perez, the Regional Dentist and the Division Dentists, Dr. Henry De Leon and Dr. Katrina Apo. It was a very healthy and productive question and answer part of the program as everyone was enlightened with the issues concerning oral health.

            Demonstration of some preventive treatments of the School Dental Health care program such as fluoride vanish application and Pit and fissure sealant was conducted by the division dentists and were explained step by step.

            After the discussion and demonstration, participants were again given the time to ask questions, queries and other issues and concerns, to come up with possible solutions, agreements and clarifications for better understanding and implementation of the program.

The orientation was attended by a total of 100 participants composed of School Heads, school health coordinators and WinS focal persons and Public School District Supervisors.