- Dental check on a market woman during the Taiwo Afolabi Rural Dental Outreach at Molete Market, Ibadan…recently
By Anthony Nwachukwu
Two hundred and five persons, mainly traders at the market, have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the annual Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach at the Molete Market in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The free medical care, sponsored by SIFAX Group and organised by the University of Ibadan Association of Dental Students, is targeted at rural communities in the state.
The services offered at the outreach included 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, as well as a health talk on the imperative of maintaining good oral health.
The medical personnel deployed included doctors, medical and dental students from the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
According to the Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande, who represented the company at the event, the sponsorship was part of its sustainability initiatives designed to provide succour and support for indigent Nigerians, and in line with the company’s belief that a healthy nation translates to a productive nation.
On his part, President of the University of Ibadan Dental Students Association, Olalekan Efunkunle, explained that 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 in the last five years has helped not only to reach many rural persons but also equip the students with adequate field knowledge needed to excel in dentistry.
He called for more partnership from corporate organisations with the student body to enable them extend rural health mission to more communities.