A total of 165 persons have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the annual Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach which was held at the popular Gbagi market in Ibadan. The beneficiaries were majorly traders at the market.
The free medical care, which is organised by the University Of Ibadan Association of Dental Students, is targeted at rural communities in Oyo State and is sponsored by SIFAX Group.
Some of the services the beneficiaries enjoyed were body mass index (BMI) measurement, blood pressure test, random blood glucose measurement, blood pressure measurement, dental clerking, examination and referrals, extractions and scaling and polishing. There was also a health talk on the imperative of maintaining good oral health.
Medical personnel deployed for the event included doctors, medical and dental students from the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande, Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group, who represented the company at the event, said the sponsorship of the programme was part of the humanitarian initiatives of the company designed to provide succour and support for indigent Nigerians. He said it was also in line with the company’s belief that a healthy citizenry translates to a productive nation.
Olalekan Efunkunle, President, University of Ibadan Dental Students Association, said the aim of the outreach was to create an oral health awareness and promotion of good oral health hygiene in the society. He noted that SIFAX Group’s support for the outreach has helped to not only reach out to many rural persons but also equipped the students with adequate field knowledge needed for them to excel in dentistry. He enjoined other corporate organizations to emulate the company by partnering with the student body to take the rural health mission to more communities.