The Newman government has confirmed that those who have not as yet fluoridated their water supplies would be eligible for an exemption soon, as per a new report.
A Water Fluoridation Act was introduced in 2008, which asked all water suppliers not to supply public potable water without addition of fluoride to it. Since, the same served water to a number of people, equivalent to some 1,000.
It has been found that the fluoride rollout was declared by Anna Bligh, after she became Queensland premier in 2007. Further, a regulation came out during the same year, which set out the timeframes, listing southeast Queensland amongst the top cabs in 2008 and 2009.
The aim behind the announcement was to bring an enhancement in the dental health, the report says. Besides, another purpose was to see a fall in tooth decay cases.
But, it is now being said by the Liberal National Party government, newly introduced, that the existing legislation would see changes later this year. And small communities failing to practically implement water fluoridation till date would get a chance to apply for an exemption.
Since, 87% of the maximum Queensland area to be covered by fluoridation is achieved. Very small councils would need to prove they could not afford the same, said Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
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