The Alaafin of Oyo,Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has facilitated a three hundred thousand dollars(N70m) mobile medical clinic for the use of people of the state.
Facilities inside the mobile clinic include those for surgery,x ray,recovery room as well as toilet and bathroom,among others.
The mobile clinic was donated by a United States of America(USA) based couple who are from Oyo town,Honourable Bode and Dr.(Mrs)Anu Esuola who are already in Oyo town to offer a three day free medical treatment to people of the town as part of activities to mark this year’s 4th Oranyan festival in the town.
A prominent indigene of Oyo town,Retired Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu confirmed the development yesterday in Oyo town while briefing newsmen on activities lined up for the one week festival .
The cleric who is also the coordinator,Oranyan festival Committee disclosed”The multi -faceted Mission is a joint initiative of two indigenes of Oyo,Hon.Bode Esuola and his wife ,Dr.Commissioner Anu Esuola ,both residents of Maryland,USA ,through their Company,Community Dentistry on Wheels Inc.based in Maryland,USA,voluntarily donated a well-equipped,$300,000 Mobile Hospital to Oyo state as a legacy of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.They have also organised a Medical and Trade Mission to Oyo state and Oyo Metropolis as part of the 2015 Oranyan festival.”
Honourable Esuola who is an accountant, in a chat later with journalists also revealed that in addition to the Mobile clinic,drugs and medical dressings worth $200,000 as well as 3,000 pair of glasses have been brought to be given to people of the state,free of charge.
He said a Foundation would be set up to see to the maintenance of the mobile clinic and the personnel to be employed for the clinic.
Speaking on the 4th Oranyan festival,Retired Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu said it is meant to promote Yoruba culture and attract home,the Yoruba in diaspora.
His words”Our reasons for celebrating Oranyan festival is to maintain our undeniable link to our progenitor while it is also a strong way of linking the Yorubas with their kit and kin(sons and daughters of oranyan) in the diaspora,strongly reminding them that the ALAAFIN is the symbol per excellence of this legendary Oranyan, and the urgent need to accord him due recognition,respect and honour ..”
This story was published in Newswatch Times on September 10, 2015.