APC Chieftain, 3000 Constituents Benefit from Lawmaker’s Free Dental Care Scheme
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
As part of his effort to support the government on healthcare delivery, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, has organised a free dental care for residents of his constituents.
In his speech at the on-going exercise which is the sixth edition in the series, Hon. Yishawu, who is representing Eti-Osa Constituency II, said the health of his constituents was very much important to him.
The lawmaker, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming House of Assembly election, explained that, “as the representative of the people, it is expedient that I care for them, which my party stands for. APC is known for progress and we must do the right thing.”
A chieftain of the APC in the area, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, who was a beneficiary of the on-going exercise said the health of the people should be paramount to anyone in government.
Olusi, who is the Apex leader in the Lagos Central Senatorial District and also a member of the state Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), noted that for every human being to be able to fulfil his mission in life, he has to be healthy.
“And for anyone who is in charge of the governance, the health of the people should take priority. Hon. Yishawu is representing this constituency and he has to ensure that government minister into the needs of the people generally and his own constituency in particular.
“With this type of programme, he has brought governance to the doorstep of the people, and for this, I want to commend him. He has been a loyal and active representative of the APC and he has my recommendation and that of the party.
“I want to seize this opportunity to urge the people of his constituency to give him their maximum support. We should all ensure that he returns to the House of Assembly to continue the good works he has been doing in order for the people to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy,” he added.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke on the free dental care, explained that they could not afford the money to go to the hospital before they heard of the programme.
One of them, Emeka Ogbona, said he had been experiencing toothache but was using herbs to suppress the pain. He noted that the free dental care served as a saving grace for him. “I want to appreciate Hon. Yishawu for this programme,” he stated.
Another beneficiary, Alhaji Sikiru Ramon said he has visited the hospital but the money charged was exorbitant which he could not afford. He pointed out that the exercise was a great support for him to check his teeth and get them cleaned.
The dental consultant, Mr. Banjo Olusegun who was in charge of the exercise, explained that the beneficiaries would have opportunity for extraction, filling, scaling, polishing, surgical extraction and tooth replacement as well as oral talk on how to have a good oral hygiene.
According to him, “we observed that majority don’t understand the technique of brushing the teeth and we have made them realise that not until they have issue with their teeth or pain before they go for check-up.
“It is expedient that people check their teeth every six month, and if they are not financially buoyant, it can be done once in a year to ensure good oral hygiene,” he advised, explaining that people who had participated in the exercise have dirt in their mouths and the only way to avoid this is to brush twice daily which is very important.
The dental consultant who commended the lawmaker said the money involved is very expensive.
His words: “The minimum treatment for an individual is N10,000. While some went home with treatment worth of N200, 000 for somebody that has four extractions. Majority of people don’t know how to take care of their teeth. It is compulsory we brush our mouth daily and make use of tooth paste that contains fluoride that is approved by the Dental Association of Nigeria. Using hard brush is not advisable because it destroys the gum.
“For example when you take cold water or acidic foods; you will experience shocking sensation and that is why we advise against usage of hard brushes.
We endanger our teeth the more when we fail to brush twice daily. There are bacteria that protect our mouth. So when we eat and fail to brush at night, the bacteria in the mouth excrete and it is acidic”, he said.
Mr. Olusegun said fluoride in the mouth can only last for 12 hours, saying both children and adults must brush in the night to keep the fluoride working in the mouth over the night.
“When there is no fluoride in the mouth, we have more ruminants in the mouth and the bacteria will be more active at night and in the process, they excrete in the mouth which can cause tooth decay.” he added.
He therefore appealed to Nigerians to take care of their teeth and brush twice daily.
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