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Dentists Get Lesson on Infection Control

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The University of Health Sciences will continue to teach hygiene and infection control to dentists in order to provide a safe care and working environment in dental clinics and hospitals in Laos.

This was the message from Vice President of the University of Health Sciences, Dr Aloungnadeth Sitthiphanh, who addressed the opening ceremony of a Training Course on Infection Control in Dental Clinics, held in Luang Prabang province this week.

He said that since the beginning of 2016, the university’s Faculty of Dentistry has been running a series of training sessions to help dentists and oral health technicians to improve their work.

A video on the subject was produced by the faculty and was distributed to all participants. Training sessions started in Vientiane in February and March, then extended to LuangPrabang with the first session held this week.

This training aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of dental healthcare safety for both dentist and patient, and to prevent the risk of contamination from dental services and the dental clinic, said Dr Aloungnadeth.

During the training, the standard precautions were presented, including hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (gloves, masks and eyewear), respiratory hygiene /cough prevention, sharp safety, and clean and disinfected surfaces.

There was also a presentation on the importance of fluoride in the prevention of dental decay and the iodised-fluoridated salt programme in Laos.

Participants agreed that the session was very successful and provided dentists with information on basic infection prevention recommendations for all dental health care settings.

Deputy Head of the Luang Prabang provincial Health Department, Dr Niphone Simphaly, and representatives of the French NGO Aide Odontologique Internationale, dentists from the provincial hospital and six district hospitals and healthcare professionals from the food and drug division and mother and child division also attended the training session.

Source: Vientiane Times