Mandahasam programme to make elders in Kerala smile again
Mandahasam in Malayalam means Smile. It is also the name of the latest initiative by the Social Justice (SJ) department of Kerala. It's main objective is to address nutritional deficiencies in senior citizens without teeth and to rehabilitate them.
As per statistics senior citizens constitute nearly 20 percent of the population and about 30 per cent or more may need dental treatment.
And through this scheme the department wishes to reduce nutritional, physical and psychological problems that accompanies the loss of teeth.
In association with Dental colleges and Dental treatment centres across the state, the department will make the scheme available to all senior citizens in the BPL category. On providing the necessary documents, a beneficiary of the scheme will receive a financial assistance of Rs.5000 for rehabilitation.
The SJ department has allocated Rs.75 lakhs which may benefit 1500 citizens this year. It will also set norms to ensure that quality and standards are maintained.
More initiatives like this one are needed to improve the awareness regarding dental problems and its consequences in the country.
With a vast majority of our population suffering from periodontitis and tooth decay and the growing menace of diabetes , schemes like Mandahasam are sure to put the smile back on elders faces.
Source :Social justice department, Kerala