Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, inaugurated the 54th Indian Orthodontic Conference, organised by the Orthodontic Association of India, here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “We are in the process of formulating Vision 2025 with a goal to provide quality and affordable healthcare to all.”

The chief minister said 437 centres have been created at peripheral hospitals to provide dental health care in remote areas. The State government is planning to launch Oral Hygiene Programme with provision of model dental vans, he added.

Stating that Orthodontic has a strong psycho-social impact of altering dental aesthetics, Patnaik urged the delegates to invest on contemporary and advanced knowledge and learn new and exciting skills in the field of dentistry.

The president of Orthodontic Association of India, Dr. Pradeep Jain, and secretary Dr.Sridevi Padmanabhan also spoke on the occasion.