Announce economic package for dental practitioners: DSA to LG

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 23: Dental Surgeons’ Association (DSA), Jammu Kashmir has demanded the LG of the UT to announce an economic package for the registered dental practitioners on the lines of advocates of J&K High Court.
The Association said that oral health professionals are the ones who are more affected with this pandemic now and its consequences will be worst in the upcoming time with more challenges due to aerosol producing procedural issues.
“As notified by the Supreme Court of India, any procedure generating aerosol other than emergency ones will be punishable. This has banned normal daily routine procedure as everything in dentistry deals with oral cavity, and the dentist is in direct contact to the patient’s mouth unavoidably during the treatment. When everyone can work while having masks on their mouth and maintaining social distancing, dentists are left with no option and have closed their clinics for the betterment of society in large,” it said.
The Association said that private dentists have only one area of earning i.e their clinic in association with their other staff members and at this point of time, they have to take care of monthly rent of their clinic and salary of employees also. “So it is requested to please look into the matter and help the dentists with some relief in any form you can, so that they can take care of their families and others associated,” it pleaded to the LG.
It further said that the dentists are suffering with unemployment since long time and they were never acknowledged for their studies even though they were very much equivalent to any other medical professional. “Like Punjab and other state governments, which have asked for the services of dental surgeons in this pandemic and have advertised posts for the same, our Government can also work on the same line and help to absorb many unemployed dentists,” the Association added.

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