IDA launches Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Super Speciality Dental Clinic
Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, inaugurated the Centre at IDA’s Head Office at Prabhadevi. In his address he called for establishment of affordable dental hospitals across the country to improve access to oral care
At a function organized at the Head Office of IDA on, 22 October, 2017, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, inaugurated the state-of-the-art Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Education, Research Centre and Super Speciality Dental Clinic. The event was attended by a large number of dental professionals, research scholars, dental industry leaders. While the Research and Education Centre will focus on dental research and knowledge enhancement to facilitate professional advancement, the Super Speciality Dental Clinic will provide advanced dental procedures, where the underprivileged would receive free treatment as a tribute to its founding father, Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed.
The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Education, Research Centre and Super Speciality Dental Clinic is equipped with CBCT and other ultra modern facilities for training dentists and providing free dental treatment to the poor and the needy.
The Centre has 25 simulators in addition to five clinical stations and one operation station for rendering all types of pre-clinical, clinical and advanced clinical training. The Centre aims to cater to the growing demand for further enhancing the knowledge and skills of the dental professionals in the country. Conduct of periodic educational programmes on Dental Implants and other topics would also be able to attract dental surgeons not only from India but also from our neighbouring countries in the region.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while complimenting IDA for its innovative ventures over the years, stressed on the need for improving research and training. “Dental ailments are a big issue”, he said, and exhorted IDA to set up dental hospitals across the country to provide access to oral care through advanced procedures which people can afford.
“In a country like India, organizations such as the IDA is needed to make treatment and medicines affordable to the poor” he opined. Dr.Harsh Vardhan’s special mention of the tri-party agreement between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to create advanced dental implant technology for accessible dental healthcare set the tone for yet another Make in India venture that could help millions seeking the advanced form of tooth replacement. He offered the support of his Ministry for any viable research idea that could improve healthcare through technological advancements.
Dr Mahesh Verma, in his introductory remarks, spoke of the inspiring leadership and contribution of Dr Harsh Vardhan to improving health and the fruitful association he has been enjoying over the past several years in improving dental health.
Dr Ashok Dhoble, spoke of the remarkable contribution of dental industry leaders like OSSTEM, Ivoclar, EPED, Unicorn Denmart, Dentsply Sirona, Durr Dental, Planmecca, Biolase, Villa India, Novodental and their stupendous support in the establishment of the Centre.
Dr Dhoble also announced of the tie-up arrangements being worked out to expand IDA’s activities into the Middle East region and with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences to conduct Felllowship programmes in various subjects of importance to the dental fraternity.