To kick start the World Oral Day, Pepsodent a brand of Unilever Nigeria Plc. in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health and Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) which included the doctors and students of the association celebrated the events with Nigerians by engaging in Health walk and public sensitization on need to engage in oral hygiene.
On the 16th of March 2018, a World Oral Health Day Health Walk (WOHD) 2018 was done with the Theme : “Say AHH, Think Mouth, Think Health” which started from the Dental Centre Car Park in LASUTH (Lagos State University Teaching Hospital), Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria at about 8am with Keffy a Nigerian Popular Dancer and her crew starting with a quick dance and exercise which lasted for about an hour after which everyone present walked from the LASUTH dental park Ikeja to the House of Assembly at state secretariat, Alausa.
Gracing the occasion were; the crème-dela -crème of the Nollywood industry, Nigeria which included Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Ademola, Fathia Balogun among others; several media houses and other dignities.
The Health walk started at about 9am and ended around 2pm with a break observed at the Awolowo House in Ikeja where refreshments were handed over to participants, another break was also observed at the Allen junction with series of talk and photo shots among the artists and event organizers.
All paths led to the House of Assembly park with free pepsodents toothpaste distributed to observers and passers-by as the Walk proceeded.
At the House of Assembly park the Pepsodent Brand Manager for Nigeria, Ogechukwu Aniozi had a chat with the media houses on the importance of the Health Walk, reason for the health walk and why Unilever with its brand Pepsodent is taking the forefront in leading the World Oral Day celebrating with the aim of reaching 20 million children by 2020 and teaching them the act of brushing first thing in the morning and last thing at night to fight tooth decay. The latter is said to affect 3 in every 5 persons In Nigeria and is the most widespread disease in the world, affecting both children and adults..
Also, the Marketing Director Unilever Ghana- Nigeria, Bunme Adeniba was questioned as she said that since the inception of its Brush Day and Night Schools Programs, it has reached a total of 3 million children, adding that in 2018 they intend to reach additional 1.5 million school children.
Likewise, the President of the Nigerian Dental Association Dr. Bode Ijarogbe spoke at length on the importance of brushing and visiting dental personnel at least once every 6 months to curb dental issues.
Dr. Bode in his speech stated that World Oral Hygiene Day is set aside yearly to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth, promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and reiterate the importance of good oral hygiene.