Ibadan: 184 patients benefit from Taiwo Afolabi’s free dental programme
No fewer than 184 persons including market men and women have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach which was held at the popular Dugbe market in Ibadan recently.
The rural community health outreach, which is organised by the University Of Ibadan Association Of Dental Students, is a free medical mission targeted at rural communities in Oyo Stat and is sponsored by SIFAX Group under its robust Corporate Social Responsibility CSR programme.
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.
The medical personnel deployed for the event included doctors, medical and dental students from the University College Hospital, Ibadan. The programme also featured a question and answer session which was designed to educate the beneficiaries on how to improve their oral health.
According to the Corporate Affairs Manager, SIFAX Group, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande, the programme was part of the humanitarian gestures of the company, adding that SIFAX Group believes that healthy citizens translate to a healthy nation.
President of the University of Ibadan Dental Students Association, Urenna Emenyonu, while speaking at the event, said that the aim of the outreach was to create an oral health awareness and promotion of good oral health hygiene in the society. She noted that SIFAX Group’s support for the outreach has helped not only to reach out to many rural persons but also equipped the students with adequate field knowledge needed for them to excel in dentistry.
She therefore enjoined other corporate organisations to emulate the company’s gesture by partnering the student body to take the rural health mission to other communities.