As part of activities to mark the fifth coronation anniversary of the Alani of Ido-Ani, Oba Olufemi Olutoye, the Ondo State government has announced it would be partnering with the king’s son, Professor Olayinka Olutoye, on medical mission at Ido-Ani.
Since the ascension of his father to the Ido-Ani throne five years ago, Prof. Olutoye, who was recently appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at a United States’ children hospital, has annually organised a medical mission at Ido-Ani, using his team from the US.
Olutoye was part of a team of senior doctors that performed a successful surgery in 2016 at a Texas hospital on a baby that had a tumour in its uterine.
Prof Olutoye explained he had been doing the annual medical mission at Ido-Ani with a non-profit organisation called Devine Benevolence, as a way of giving back to the community that produced him. The Executive Secretary of the Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbienu, who led the state government team to Ido-Ani, explained that the agency decided to partner with the paediatric surgeon on the medical mission because he is an indigene.
Dr Akanbiemu said that the medical mission was a huge success as there was massive turn-out and the state team attended to more than 300 people who needed medical attention for ailments ranging from malaria, arthritis and diabetes to hypertension.
Children, pregnant women and accident victims were not left out as they were taken care of and given free drugs, just as there were talks on various topics.