Oral health in Kenya
Kaimenyi Jacob T.
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This paper gives general infonnation on the location of Kenya, its demography, economy, organisation of health services, general health policy, health financing, oral health infrastructure, problems that hamper health financing and proposals on how to solve these problems. Further, a summary of health status of the Kenyan people is given based on the results of studies. The mean OMFT for the rural and urban populations is low and there is no evidence of an increase or decrease. Similarly, the prevalence of periodontitis is low (1-10%), with no increase. Ulcerative lesions are rare (0.12%). The most common birth defects are cleft lip and palate. Oral cancer is very low, accounting for 2% of all malignancies. Comparative studies have not demonstrated any dramatic change in the frequency of oral cancer for the last 25 years. Oral candidiasis is the most prevalent oral lesion amongst HIVIAIDS patients. In June 2003, Kenya fonnulated a National Oral Health Policy, which gives direction on how to improve the oral health status of the citizens
CitationInternational dental journal
- Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)