Action Needed on Serious Child Dental Health Problem
Barbara Stewart MP
7 November 2012
Action Needed on
Serious Child Dental Health Problem
Zealand First has urged the Government to take immediate
steps to improve the dental health of pre-school Māori and
Pacific Island children in the Wellington region.
follows a report that poor dental health is the biggest
cause of avoidable hospital admissions for youngsters in the
region, with Pacific Island and Māori children far more
likely to be admitted than other ethnicities.
spokesperson Barbara Stewart says it is unacceptable that
Pacific and Māori pre-schoolers are up to four times more
likely to be affected by poor dental health.
of avoidable hospitalisation statistics, it is clear the
Government needs to do more to help protect children’s
“The percentage of children failing
to receive their scheduled oral examination on time has
grown rapidly since 2009 in the Capital & Coast District
Health Board’s area.
“Never has there been a
clearer starting point to help keep our children healthy and
save health dollars – not to mention the pain and
suffering of the youngsters.”
Mrs Stewart says New
Zealand First is equally worried that the report has shown
such inequality when split by ethnicity.
a very grave issue, and the Government needs to do more to
ensure this isn’t another health area with a growing
disparity for our Māori and Pacific
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