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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 22.02.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 2nd South East Asia Implant Conference - 'Implant Esthetics, 2013' organized by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists at New Delhi today (February 23, 2013).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is a good development that oral health care, as a science, has grown in popularity and there is, today, a greater awareness of dentistry as a profession in our country. He said that he was particularly pleased at the awareness that the conference would generate - at a time when there is still a deficiency of oral health care facilities in many cities and towns of India.

The President said although oral health should always be an inseparable companion of general health care, modern dentistry has evolved slowly in India. It would therefore, be an invaluable service if the medical and dental community were to organize community health programmes - based on their evaluation of the changing priorities of the community and taking into account the technology and solutions available, he said.

The President emphasized that a continuous assessment of ethical, socio-economical and legal implications should be taken up as a matter of course by institutions and they must be accountable for the healthcare solutions adopted by them. Every new methodology which successfully passes the mandatory trials and testing is, eventually and in each case, another success story, a welcome step forward by our scientific community, he added.

This release issued at 1300 hrs