North Kashmir people lose teeth to dental quacks

Road side dental quackery and unhygienic dental practices are going on unchecked in different towns, and rural pockets of North Kashmir.

Road side dental quackery and unhygienic dental practices are going on unchecked in different towns, and rural pockets of North Kashmir. 

 Taking advantage of lack of awareness on oral hygiene, several dental quacks, majority of them outsiders have established road side `clinics'  in busy towns of North Kashmir including Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Pattan, Baramulla, Uri and Rafiabad . 

A Kupwara resident told Greater Kashmir that the practice has been going on in the town for the past two decades. "The irony is that ignorant people go to them," he said.

A dentist while expressing serious concern over the quackery urged the people to stay away from them.  "These quacks extract a tooth for  30 -50 rupees. We charge Rs 500-800 for a simple extraction. Our procedure involves proper sterilization of the equipment and post operative care," he said.

A health official said use reuse of unhygienic equipment was a major cause of Hepatitis B in Diver area of Lolab. This blood borne disease has also affected some people in Halmatproa, and some other villages," he said.

Similar views were expressed by Dr Nisar Ul-Hassan, President, and Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) while talking to told Greater Kashmir. "Dental quacks increase in blood-borne diseases in entire Kashmir valley as they are generally responsible for spread of various blood-borne diseases including HIV, oral cancer, Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C," he said.

He sought stern action against the quacks.

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