No fewer than 205 persons have benefited from free dental and medical care of the annual Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach held at Molete Market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group, Mr Olumuyiwa Akande, in a statement on Monday noted that the beneficiaries were majorly traders at the market.
According to him, the free medical care, which is organised by the University Of Ibadan Association of Dental Students, and targeted at rural communities in Oyo State and 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,” he said.
Akande said that the medical personnel deployed for the event included doctors, medical and dental students from the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Akande, who represented the company at the event, said the sponsorship of the medical outreach was part of the sustainability initiatives designed by the company 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.
Mr 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 in the last five years had 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 organisations to emulate the company by partnering with the association to take the rural health mission to more communities.