BHUBANESWAR--Hundreds of dental students under the All Orissa Dental Students and Surgeons' Action Committee banner recently staged a protest demonstration demanding creation of assistant dental surgeon posts at primary health center and community health center levels and regularization of contractual dental surgeons posted at district headquarter hospitals.
Submitting a memorandum to the health minister, the agitated students said there are only 18 dental surgeons posted on regular basis in the entire state and no posts have been created since 1988.
The dental students have also noted that Orissa government had appointed 17 dentist on contractual basis in 2003. Since then at least 380 students pass out from the dental colleges and other medical colleges in the state but the government has not taken steps to provide them jobs, they added.
Driving home the gravity of the situation, they pointed out that 81 per cent of the state population suffers from dental caries, 93 percent from pyorrhea, and 30 percent of cancer cases detected in the state are from oral cancer.
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