Ex-IDA president demands financial package for private dentists

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 22: Dr Gautam Sharma, ex-president of Indian Dental Association (IDA) Jammu, has demanded a financial package similar to that has been provided to the advocates by the J&K Government for private dental surgeons.
Dr Sharma said, like advocates livelihood of private dental practitioners have also been hit badly due to lockdown as they were solely dependent on their income from the dental clinics which are closed due to lockdown but they have to pay the rent of the clinics, salary of the employees, pending bills and loans from the bank.
He said that in dentistry, most of the procedures produce aerosols. If a Coronavirus carrier comes for treatment to a dental clinic then no level of precaution can stop splatter of saliva and aerosol production if scaling, cavity preparation with air rotor, use of reduction handpiece or any other aerosol producing procedure is undertaken.
“The surfaces and the walls of the clinic will get infected and will expose dentist, clinic staff and all the following patients to the risk of getting infected with corona virus,” Dr Sharma said, adding it would be very difficult for dentists to undertake any procedure in patient’s oral cavity some months even after the lockdown is lifted.
Dr Sharma urged the J&K Government to take this as a special case for private practitioner dentists and provide the financial package similar to which has been extended to the advocates in Jammu and Kashmir.

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