No fewer than 205 persons in the Oyo State capital, Ibadan have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the annual Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach.
The beneficiaries of the outreach were traders at the popular Molete Market in the ancient city that is adjudged the largest in the West Africa Sub-region.
Organised under the auspices of the Association of Dental Students, University of Ibadan and sponsored by the Sifax Group, the outreach was targeted at rural communities in the state.
The company in a statement made available to Maritime Bits said some of the services the beneficiaries enjoyed were the checking of their body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, random blood glucose measurement, dental clerking, examination and referrals, extractions, 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.
Head, Corporate Communications, Sifax Group, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande who represented the company at the event, said the sponsorship of the medical outreach was part of its sustainability initiatives designed to provide succour and support for indigent Nigerians.
He said it was also in line with the company’s belief that a healthy nation translates to a productive nation.
President, University of Ibadan Dental Students Association, Mr. Olalekan Efunkunle 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 in the last five years has helped to reach out to many rural persons besides equipping the students with adequate field knowledge needed to excel in dentistry.
Efunkunle enjoined other corporate organizations to emulate the company by partnering with the association to take the rural health mission to more communities in the state.