The Volta River Authority (VRA), has held a free dental health screening exercise for the Osu Presbyterian Preparatory School pupils to offer them the opportunity to know their dental health status.
The exercise, took care of the Lower Primary division of the school in this first phase, and will focus on the Upper Primary and the Junior High School departments of the school, respectively in its second and third phases before the end of the term.
Being done under the health services department of the authority, it is in line with its corporate social responsibility, which allows it to reach out to communities, which are affected by the operations of the VRA.
In all, more than 100 students, from classes 1, 2 and 3, who were given tooth care education, were screened and given toothbrushes to support their education.
Some of the students, who were not in good dental health conditions, were given notes with the inscriptions “Dear Parent, the VRA had a dental outreach in your ward’s school and recommend that your ward should see a dentist for further management”.
Speaking in an interview with The Ghanaian Times after the screening, the Dental Surgeon at the VRA, Dr. Mary Gyan, gave the majority of the screened students a clean bill of dental health, but said there was more to be done.
“If you compare them to the other schools that we have been to, I will say their oral hygiene is better.”
According to her, as part of the outreach, the medical team would educate the students on their eating habit and “once they modify that, they will be okay”.
Dr. Gyan said it was important the parents ensured there was a limit on the intake of sweets by their children urging them to “buy the food for them instead of giving them the money because if you give them the money, they will buy the sweets in your absence”.
Mr. Lawrence Quartey, the Publicity Information Officer at the VRA, said schools in the Osu catchment area have been identified for similar exercises throughout the year.
“In order to serve that purpose of giving back to the communities in which we operate, it is our core value and we have embarked on outreach programes and provision of other services over the years and we are committed to continuing that tradition,” he said.
The headmistress of the school, Mrs. Doris Dortey expressed her appreciation to the VRA and promised to ensure teachers monitored the eating habits of their students.
By Julius Yao Petetsi