A total of 11,354 patients attended dental clinics at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) where they benefited from the various dental care services at the hospital’s Department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The information was contained in a statement by Hajiya Hauwa Mohammed,
Head of Information and Public Relations of the hospital and made available to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
She said of the number, 6,069 patients were females while the remaining 6,285 were males.
“The gender distribution of the patients, who came from the Hospital’s catchment area, shows that 5,069 were females, while the remaining 6,285 were males,” Mohammed said.
The five units of department that treated patients are the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Child Dental Health, Oral Diagnostic Sciences and Preventive Unit.
She said the treatments and services offered by the Department include fabrication of partial and full dentures; tooth extractions in adults and children; provision of stainless steel crowns for children; scaling and polishing.
The report explained that the Preventive and Community Dentistry Unit of the hospital “is responsible for prevention of dental diseases and community education.”
More details given in the report indicate that,”The Child Dental Health Unit offers services in both general paediatric dentistry and orthodontic treatment which involves the alignment of the teeth and the jaws. The Unit can offer a full complement of child dental health treatment available anywhere in the world.”
With 12 consultants, 11 Senior Registrars and a staff strength of more than 60, the Department has conducted numerous oral health awareness lectures on proper care of teeth and other oral issues at various fora in Kano for the benefit of the citizenry.