Kathmandu, March 2
Nepal Dental Association has requested the government to inspect all dental clinics across the country as most of the dental clinics in the country are being operated unauthorised medical practitioners.
During the inauguration of mid-year conference, organised by Nepal Dental Association, president of Nepal Dental Association Dr Pravindra Adhikari said that more than 60 per cent of the dental clinics in Kathmandu valley were run by unauthorised practitioners.
He also said that the government should take action against such practitioners as soon as possible.
“Nepal Medical Council is not able to monitor illegally run dental clinics as it does not have the record of most of the dentists working in such clinics,” Dr Adhikari said, adding that the government must monitor such clinics to improve the quality of dental health service in the country.
As many as 2,600 dentists have registered with Nepal Medical Council.
Speaking at the programme, Minister of State for Health Dr Surendra Kumar Yadav said that the government had been planning to create vacant posts for dentists.
He said, “We have collected an estimated number of dentists required for all the local and provincial levels.
Minister Yadav also said that the government would announce vacancy for the posts of dentists after the discussion with stakeholders.
More than 200 dentists and dental students from across the country participated in the conference organised by Nepal Dental Association.
“During the conference, participants shared their experience and discussed ways to improve dental health service in the country, said Vice-president of Nepal Dentak Association Dr Ashish Kumar Bhattarai.
A version of this article appears in print on March 03, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.