People of Okeho in Oke-Ogun area turn out in large numbers for free Dental Services.
By Victoria Jimmy
Primary health care centre was a beehive of activities on the 4th of April, 2019, when the train of free dental treatment awareness program arrived at Okeho in Kajola local government area of Oke-ogun, Oyo state. This is the fourth day of free dental treatment awareness programme across the ten local government areas of oke-ogun which was anchored by Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation (CFDF) in collaboration with Oyo state and the local government areas of Oke-ogun.
Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation is an Abuja based non-governmental organization that has been operating all over Nigeria in the past 10 years and populated by Nigerian professionals. It is headed by Dr Seidu Bello an Oke-ogun born dentist and a maxillofacial surgeon.
‘’This is an uncommon gesture. We have witnessed initiatives like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar level, doing cancer screening and carrying out eye disease awareness program but a dental awareness program is the first of its kind in this town.’’ Mr Lateef Salau, an indigene of Okeho stated.
According to Mr Salau, this is a big relief as he has been suffering from tooth ache popularly called ’akokoro’ for over 5 years but could not access a dental treatment due to lack of a dental clinic in the town and also the fear of the cost of the treatments at the few available treatment centres. Mr Salau claimed to be ignorant of the presence of a dental clinic located in Iseyin and Saki which are about 40 km and 60 km respectively away from okeho.
The crowd at Okeho, the venue of the program was overwhelming. Mr Lawal Ismail who is the record coordinating officer of the organization stated that registration was stopped at 154 to enable the organization complete the treatment for the people. He however directed that unattended patient were free to catch up with the foundation at the subsequent locations of Iwere-ile and Ago-are towns.