By Chioma Umeha
To create awareness about oral hygiene, members of the Nigeria Dental Association, employees of Unilever Nigeria Plc, dental practitioners among other stakeholders, weekend embarked on oral health walk in Lagos.
The walk which was sponsored by Unilever Nigeria was aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the importance of brushing their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
Tagged, ‘Pepsodent Oral Health Walk,’ the exercise which began from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba took participants to Ojuelegba was part of the activities lined up to celebrate this year’s World Oral Health Day Celebration with the themed: ‘Live Mouth Smart.’
Commenting, Ibironke Ugbaja, Oral Care Category Lead, Unilever Nigeria, explained: “The oral health walk is part of Unilever’s vision to help millions of Nigerian families adopt the best oral health practices.”
To achieve the oral hygiene campaign, Ugbaja said her company introduced the Pepsodent Oral Health Schools programme in 2014.
She said: “Since the launch of the Pepsodent Oral Health Schools programme in 2014, Unilever Nigeria has so far reached 2.5 million Nigerian children directly in over 3,500 public primary schools with products – toothpaste and toothbrushes.
It has also provided “educational materials and a 21-days oral hygiene programme, teaching them to imbibe the culture of brushing twice-daily using a fluoride containing toothpaste such as Pepsodent. Our goal is to reach 10 million children by 2020,” she concluded.
Advocacy materials, Pepsodent toothpaste and toothbrushes were handed over to commuters and residents within the neighbourhood covered during the health walk.
Addressing journalists during the walk, the President, Nigerian Dental Association, Dr.Olabode Ijarogbe said: “The health walk is part of efforts to prevent and check the spread of oral diseases.”
He further stressed: “it is imperative that Nigerians brush twice a day and the annual health walk is one of the ways we create awareness about oral hygiene and its importance.”