700 benefits from free dental treatments in Oke-ogun
Not less than 700 patients have benefitted from a week long free dental service awareness program that took place recently in some local governments in oke-ogun, Oyo north senatorial district of Oyo state. This rare fit was the initiative of Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation (CFDF), in association with Oyo state government and the 10 local government areas of Oke-ogun.
CFDF is an Abuja based non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been in existence for about 10 years, operating mainly in north central region of Nigeria and is headed by an Oke-ogun born dentist and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Seidu A. Bello. The first batch of the program traversed Kishi, Ago-amodu, Otu, Okeho, Iwere-ile and Ago-are, which are headquarters of Irepo, Saki east, Itesiwaju, Kajola, Iwajowa and Atisbo south local government areas respectively.
In a brief opening ceremony at Kishi council secretariat, which happened to be the venue of the program, the director of the foundation Dr Seidu A. Bello stated ‘’It is appalling and grossly unacceptable that Oke ogun with a population of 1.6million and 10 local governments can only boast of dental services in the only two towns of Iseyin and Saki and more importantly, these 2 centers are in deplorable conditions and also poorly equipped and grossly under patronised’’ According to him, the need to create awareness about dental diseases and management among the people of Oke ogun is the main motive behind the program and more importantly there is a need to assist the less privileged as a way of alleviating their sufferings.
The commonest dental problems encountered among the people included poor oral hygiene, periodontitis (Gum disease) characterized by various degree of teeth mobility, dental caries (tooth decay) and mouth odour. All these diseases could be traced to a singular factor of long time neglect of the oral health.
The treatment included dental extractions, teeth cleaning (scaling and polishing), teeth fillings and general counselling. The treatment was carried out by a team of 12 Nigerian based volunteer professionals including dental surgeons, dental therapist, dental surgery assistant and administrative officers. ‘’We are very grateful for the free dental service rendered, the professionals were friendly and carried on with passion and incredibly the treatment was free’’ Honourable Adeleke a community leader from igbope town that accessed his treatment at Kishi stated. According to him, he hopes this exercise would continue periodically. The first batch of the programme started at KIshi in Irepo local government on the 1st of April 2019 and terminated at Ago Are in Atisbo local government area on the 6th April, 2019.