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Alaafin Facilitates $300,000 Mobile Hospital For Oyo

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola


A $300,000 mobile hospital van facilitated by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III will be launched on Saturday as part of the fourth annual celebration of Oranyan Festival in Oyo town, Oyo State.

Ahead of the launch to be held during the grand finale of the festival, a medical mission targeting treatment of different kinds of ailments, including surgeries on 3,000 patients was opened at the ancient Atiba Hall in the ancient town on Monday.

The Coordinator of the annual event, Ayo Ladigbolu, a retired Archbishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria, who briefed journalists on the week-long festival, said the celebration “is meant to promote Yoruba culture and attract home, the Yoruba in diaspora.  “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 Yoruba’s 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.”

On the health mission, he explained that the facilities inside the mobile hospital include those for surgery, X-ray, recovery room, power generating set as well as toilet and bathroom, among others.

Ladigbolu, who was supported by other members of the festival planning committee at the media briefing held at the Ogun Court Yard, Aafin Oyo disclosed that the multi-faceted mission “is a joint initiative of two indigenes of Oyo town, Bode Esuola and his wife, Anu Esuola, both residents of Maryland, United States of America.

“Their company, ‘Community Dentistry on Wheels Inc. based in Maryland, USA voluntarily donated a well-equipped $300,000 Mobile Hospital to Oyo Metropolis and Oyo State as a legacy of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.