Dental treatment service supplement in four townships in Chin state in Myanmar

Ryoko Otsuka, DDS, PhD (1), Yoshiaki Nomura, DDS, PhD (1), Sasara Ebara (1), Pa Kar, BDS (2), Nang Khab Lian, BDS (2), Thang Hau Mung, BDS (2), Niang Hu Ching, BDS (2), Pau Lam Thawn, BDS (2), Zaw Myint Naing, BMD (2), Ryo Hasegawa, DDS (3), Khin Maung, BDS (2), and Nobuhiro Hanada, DDS, PhD (1)

(1) Department of Translational Research, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama, Japan, (2) Oral Health Division, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Sports, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, and (3) INGO Association of Dental Volunteers of Japan, Niigata, Japan

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to compare the dental services by national hospital of three areas in Chin state, Myanmar.

Materials and Methods: Demographic statistics were collected form Township health profile of every township stocked in municipal office. Number of patients who attended at the dental clinic within four national hospitals was summarized by month and year. The diagnosis and contents of treatment were summarized by year. In addition, fluoride concentration of tap water was measured.

Results: Number of the patients who visited for the national hospital is fluctuated by month because of the school dental health checkups and landslide that prevent the people in local area to the national hospital. The most of the dental disease diagnosed were dental caries and pulpitis. More than seventy percent of the treatment was filling and extraction.

Conclusion: The primary health care is not sufficient in Chin sate. In addition, health promotion is important especially health education. To promote these concepts, there still existed many obstacles in Chin state in Myanmar.
(Asian Pac J Dent 2019; 19: 27-31.)
Key Words: community dentistry, oral health