“We appreciate your gesture in bringing Free Dental Services to Ago-Are. You are our Worthy Son”, Aare of Ago-Are Stated.
By Kambai Ajiyet
A foremost traditional ruler, Oba Kofoworola Abodunrin Ilufemiloye Olakanla the 2nd, Aare of Ago-Are, could not hide his joy when he visited Ago-Are general hospital, the venue of ongoing free dental surgery awareness program with a mammoth crowd in attendance.
The one week long program terminated at Ago-Are haven traversed 6 local government areas of Oke-ogun with a total of about 700 patients treated with various dental diseases and massive awareness created throughout Oke-ogun area of Oyo state. Free dental treatment awareness programme across the ten local government of oke-ogun was anchored by Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation (CFDF) in collaboration with Oyo state and the local government areas of Oke-ogun.
The team was led by Dr Seidu Bello, an Ago-are born dentist and director of the organization. Aare of Ago-Are was full of praise for Dr Bello when he said emphatically that ‘you are a true son of Ago-are and we are proud of you.’ According to the monarch, he has been following the activities of the foundation with a keen interest in the past 10 years when it has engaged in assisting the less privileged with facial deformities all over the northern part of Nigeria.
He further stated that he has also been following the present Oke- ogun project when the team moved from Kishi, Ago-Amodu , Otu, Okeho, Iwere and terminated at Ago-are. He urged the sons and daughters of Ago-are and oke-ogun to emulate Dr Bello and deploy their professional capabilities to assist the people of Oke-ogun and Nigeria in general.
The free dental treatment awareness program commenced on the 1st April in KIshi, Irepo local government area and ended at Ago-are.‘’ We have treated about 700 patients’’ Mr Kambai Ajiyet, the program officer stated. The treatment included dental extractions, teeth cleaning (scaling and polishing),teeth filling and general counselling. The chief dental hygienist of the team, Miss Nnena Immaculate Obi stated that poor oral hygiene and gum diseases were the commonest presentation among the people throughout the program.
She urged the people of oke-ogun to visit dental clinics twice a year for regular professional cleaning to reduce the incidence of gum diseases.
In a closing remark, Dr Seidu Bello thanked Oyo state and local government for their support for the program. He also thanked all the local communities for their cooperation and all the volunteers for their dedication. He advised the people of Oke-Ogun to cultivate the habit of visiting the few available dental centres each time they had a dental problem. He frowned at the practice of self-medication including application of various medicaments like ‘touch and go’ and other herbal concoctions which usually cause unintended damages to the oral cavity. He thanked all the people for their patience and promised to extend the free dental services to other part of Oke-ogun in due course.
Are of Ago-Are , Oba Abodunrin Kofoworola , his chiefs and Dr Seidu Bello during Oba’s visit to Ago-Are General Hospital.