The application of medicines meant for piles or what is locally referred to as "kooko" to dental problems has strongly been called out by a Ghanaian dental surgeon who is warning of dire consequences for misapplication.
Ghanaians have been implored to avoid the use of "kooko" or piles herbal products for treatment of their gum and other dental related diseases.
Dr. Chris Vondee, a UK-based Ghanaian dental surgeon, in the advice, bemoaned what he referred to as "many quack herbal doctors taking advantage of the absence of qualified dental practitioners in the deprived rural areas, selling all kinds of medicines, tagged to cure all kinds of diseases, to them."
Dr Vondee was speaking at three separate Dental Health Outreach programmes at Adaklu-Helekpe in Adaklu District, Adidome in Central Tongu District and Peki-Blengo in South Dayi District, all of the Volta Region.
Organised by Jonmoore International Limited, a Ghanaian-based transport and projects logistics company, it was aimed at giving their widows mite back to society.
It was in partnership with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Knight Smile Dental Centre in Accra and the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, Volta Region.
Three dental surgeons including Dr. Vondee, Dr. George Brown, also a Ghanaian in UK and Dr. Malcom Farr, a London-based UK Dental Surgeon, and their Ghanaian wives were also partners, mobilising the medications and some logistics.
"There is no correlation between herbal piles medicines and dental and gum diseases," said Dr Vondee.
Dr. Vondee therefore advised rural folks to be weary of such quack herbal practitioners and rather visit the nearest health facility for the appropriate care and counselling.
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