Federal Ministry of Health Endorses Colgate as Official Partner in Oral Health Policy in Nigeria

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Caption: Representative of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Anuma Ogbonnaya; General Manager, Colgate Palmolive Tolaram, Ankur Daruka and Director Federal Medical Center Division, Abisola Adegoke; during the signing of MoU between Colgate and Federal Ministry of Health and the official launch of the revised National Oral health policy and National Noma control policy and Strategic plan 2024-2026 in Abuja on Wednesday
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Colgate Palmolive Tolaram, manufacturers of Colgate, the world’s leading oral care brand in Nigeria, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the federal government through the  Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to deepen awareness about oral health nationwide.

Speaking during the signing ceremony held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Abuja, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, described the collaboration with Colgate as a landmark development that will help reduce the prevalence of oral health diseases in the country.

The Minister, represented at the signing ceremony by the Director of Teaching Hospitals, Dr. Anuwa Ogbonnaya, noted that oral diseases disproportionally affect the poor and socially disadvantaged members of society. He added that the partnership will encourage more private and public partnerships to address oral health challenges in the country.

Ogbonnaya explained that due to lack of awareness, little or no impetus is given to oral diseases that are plaguing about 95% of Nigerians in the form of Gingivitis, Cavities, Bleeding gums, Sensitivity, and Tooth loss due to lack of care.

“We are very delighted about this partnership with Colgate. The Federal Ministry of Health has endorsed all Colgate initiatives as part of this agreement. Also, the Federal Ministry of Health has enlisted Colgate as its official health partner for any of its activities”, he said.

In his remarks, the General Manager of Colgate Palmolive Tolaram, represented by Mr. Ankur Daruka, described signing the MOU as an affirmation of Colgate’s commitment to preventive oral care and education in Nigeria. He added that the association with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is another step towards improving access, affordability, and awareness of oral care in Nigeria.

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