165 persons mostly traders at the popular Gbagi Market in Ibadan, Oyo State, have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the annual Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach, sponsored by SIFAX Group.
The free medical care, organised by the University Of Ibadan Association of Dental Students, was targeted at rural communities in Oyo State.
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 of the University of Ibadan Dental Students Association, said the aim of the outreach was to create 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.