LISBON, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Portugal's Secretary of State for health Fernando Araujo said on Monday to mark the World Oral Health Day that he expects over 50 health centers across the country to have dentists by the end of the year.
Araujo said at a conference in Lisbon that the integration of dentists at national health service units should be carried out in a balanced, sustainable and consistent fashion.
"The integration of these doctors is to stay, it is for the future," he said. "The National Health Service has to give a response to oral health."
The President of the Order of Dentist Doctors, Orlando Monteiro, said dentists were attracted to the national health service for working in a team, with other health professionals, offering patients an integrated treatment.
Since July, when a pilot project for dentists was launched at health centers, almost 6,500 have been treated by such professionals. At least 8,844 consultations were carried out and 6,420 patients were treated.
On Tuesday, Portugal is holding a competition aimed at integrating dentists in at least 25 new establishments. Enditem