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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39

The need for a national dental institute in Nigeria


1 Health Students Research Network, School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
2 Health Students Research Network, School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK; Campaign for Head and Neck Cancer Education Programme, Cephas Health Research Initiative Inc., Ibadan, Nigeria

Date of Submission18-Feb-2022
Date of Decision28-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance28-Feb-2022
Date of Web Publication12-Nov-2022

Correspondence Address:
Kehinde Kazeem Kanmodi
Health Students Research Network, School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University, Middlesbrough

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njgp.njgp_2_22

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How to cite this article:
Abolade O, Kanmodi KK, Nnyanzi LA. The need for a national dental institute in Nigeria. Niger J Gen Pract 2022;20:39

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Abolade O, Kanmodi KK, Nnyanzi LA. The need for a national dental institute in Nigeria. Niger J Gen Pract [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 31];20:39. Available from: https://www.njgp.org/text.asp?2022/20/1/39/361053



To The Editor,

Nigeria's health system has evolved over the years, with many successes being recorded in research, trainings, medical breakthroughs, and outstanding human capacity development in the medical and health field, while producing lots of professionals who have gone ahead to perform great feats locally and at the global stage.[1] In achieving this, the nation has established several health institutes that have contributed massively to make this happen.[2]

The first health institute in Nigeria was the West African Council for Medical Research (WACMR) which was established in 1920.[3] Later, the WACMR became the current Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).[3] The NIMR is currently saddled with the responsibility of: carrying out research on communicable and noncommunicable diseases, playing vital roles in developing health systems, disseminating medical and public health research findings, and providing trainings for federal and state ministries of health.[3] The same can be said of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control which was created in 2011 to lead infectious disease outbreak preparedness, detection, and control and contribute to health policy development in Nigeria.[4]

Other relevant health-care institutes in Nigeria include the National Eye Centre (Kaduna), National Ear Care Centre (Kaduna), the National Orthopaedic Hospitals (in Lagos, Enugu, and Kano) as well as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control created in 1988 to regulate the control of drug manufacturing, exportation, and distribution among other things.[5] However, there is no National Dental Institute in Nigeria, till date, despite the increased orofacial disease burden occasioned by higher attendance of individuals with dental problems and fewer practitioners.[6]

There is, therefore, the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish a national institute that will conduct research, develop oral health policy documents, launch dental education programs, gather necessary data on oral health, and oversee the curtailment of the high orofacial health problems, and by implication, having a productive society that enjoys optimal oral health.[5],[6]

Financial support and sponsorship

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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1.
Global Health Workforce Alliance. Available from: https://www.who.int/workforcealliance/countries/nga/en/. [Last accessed on 2022 Feb 18].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Commonwealth Network. Research Institutes in Nigeria. Available from: https://www.commonwealthofnations.org/sectors-nigeria/education/research_institutes/. [Last accessed on 2022 Feb 18].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. About Us. Available from: https://nimr.gov.ng/about-us-2/. [Last accessed on 2022 Feb 18].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Njidda AM, Oyebanji O, Obasanya J, Ojo O, Adedeji A, Mba N, et al. The Nigeria centre for disease control. BMJ Glob Health 2018;3:e000712.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Pogoson AI, Roll M. Turning Nigeria's drug sector around: The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). In: Roll M, editor. The Politics of Public Sector Performance. London: Routledge; 2014. p. 97-127.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.
Adeniyi AA, Sofola OO, Kalliecharan RV. An appraisal of the oral health care system in Nigeria. Int Dent J 2012;62:292-300.  Back to cited text no. 6
    




 

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