The two reputed Institutes of the Kashmir region Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar and Government Medical College Srinagar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today on 6th June 2023. Department of public health dentistry, Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar and Department of Social and preventive medicine Government Medical College Srinagar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today on 6th June 2023 to further expand their partnership advocating for the need for oral health care, education, prevention of oral diseases in the far flung and peripheral areas of the valley.
The signing ceremony was conducted under supervision of Prof. Riyaz Farooq, Principal/Dean Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar and Prof. Masood Tanvir, Principal/ Dean Government Medical College Srinagar in the office chamber of the latter.
The MOU was signed by Dr Aasim Farooq Shah, Head of the department of Public health dentistry and Prof. S. Muhammad Salim Khan, Head of the department of Social and Preventive Medicine (Community Medicine), Government Medical College Srinagar.
The aim of the memorandum of understanding is that both the departments would work together for improvement of the oral health status /wellbeing of the resident community by providing free complete & comprehensive oral health treatment at the proposed satellite dental clinic at the Health centre, Fakir Gujri which is run by Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Government Medical College Srinagar.
This association shall be very helpful for the population of Fakir Gujri which is a tribal population area in Block Hazratbal, within the limits of Srinagar district.
It is also pertinent to mention that the area does not have any dental health centre for the improvement of all health or treatment of the dental disease in this tribal population. At the same time this association shall also be helpful to the Doctors/BDS/MDS Scholars to get trained in working in peripheral areas. The clinic will also act as referral unit for the beneficiaries whenever complex treatment is required.
The centre will also provide health education workshops to residents on relevant topics related to oral Health and hygiene.
Prof Dr. Masood Tanvir, Principal & Dean Government Medical College Srinagar highly appreciates the role of Department of public health dentistry, Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar in helping the community by providing oral health care to the population in need and keeping them safe and educated about oral health.
Professor Dr Riyaz Farooq Principal Dean Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar praised its unique position of department of Public Health dentistry and Department of Social and preventive medicine and their ability to maintain direct presence on the ground in peripheral areas and work in harsh scenarios. Both the dignitaries promised to work with full zest and force for the betterment of the community health and stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) shall reflect excellent mutual relations between Government Dental College & Hospital Srinagar and Government Medical College Srinagar.
The MOU will strengthen efforts for joint development and humanitarian assistance for oral health problems in the region and shall improve cooperation between different health sectors.