A Non-Governmental Organization, Grassroot Root Smile Initiative in partnership with Access Bank Limited has offered free oral services to over five thousand people in Kano State.
Speaking during the grand finale of the services at a Muhammad Jiddah Hospital in Fagge local government area, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, professor Adetumbo Adebola said the gesture was aimed at providing oral health outreach to the teaming populace of kano.
He said Grassroot Smile Initiative with the support of Access bank had conducted oral health services at six local government areas of Kano Central Senatorial District, which includes Nassarawa, Tarauni, Gwale, Municipal, and finally Fagge local government.
“We are rendering services in oral health, and I want people to know that oral health is not just about teeth but general health, what we are providing is preventive, promotional, and curative services for people who cannot afford and people who do not have access to oral health care in the community.”
Professor Adebola, who is also the foundational Dean of Dentistry at Bayero University Kano, said the aim of the outrach is to take oral health out of the clinic to the communities level, adding that Access Bank had made their dreams become reality by sponsoring the services.
In a remark, the representative of Access Bank, Fumilayo Eyusuile said the reason behind sponsoring the services by the Bank is to discharge their Corporate Social Responsibility, as a way of giving back to society.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to journalists commended the NGO and Access Bank for providing support and urged philanthropists and other groups to emulate the gesture.
“I got all the services rendered free and I feel better in my health. I thank the organizers for assisting me,” one of the beneficiaries, Abdullahi Haruna said.