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Monday, August 9, 2021

Stakeholders Want Sound Recommendation for Environmental Health

Hon. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar (2nd from Left), Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk (L), Representative of Hon. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Engr. Babagana Dizima (R) and Registrar, EHORECON, Dr. Baba Yakubu Mohammed at the 1st National Summit on Environmental Health International Conference Centre, Abuja on 6th August 2021

By Ada Achanya

Stakeholders in the environmental sector said, there is a need for sound recommendation of environmental health improvement.

The environmental experts said this will go a long way to robust framework for the improvement of environmental health in the society.

The Minister of Environment Dr. Mohammad Manhood Abubakar, made this known, at the first National Submit on Environmental health held recently in Abuja.

Dr. Muhammad said the environmental health sub sector is globally acclaimed to be a tool for sustainable development.

“Hence Nigeria can not afford to neglect its public and private stakeholders who must come together in partnership to make it work for our National public health to improved”.

" In the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, the summit was organized to unlocked the opportunities in Nigeria that inter sectoral collaborations are traditionally not given the desired attention".

He said the summit will also address as matter of priority the implementation of one's health .

He explained the need for health, environment and animal sectors to work together to improvement of human health .

The Minister noted that, “it is important for all stakeholders and participants to interact, brainstorm and make sound recommendations to improve environmental health which primary saddled to fight against diseases.

Similarly, the Senate Chairman on Environment, Sen. Ike

Ekweremadu, said they are excited for the innovation and the cooperation of the agency with the university institutions at different levels to create a career path and developed curriculum in order to give the environmental health information, its own peculiar career and specialization.

He said the ancient practice of environmental sanitation should should revisited especially in the rural areas.

“massive sensitization campaign should be put in place for the villagers to enable them understanding environmental hazard and implementations before enforcement of environmental laws.

Earlier, Registrar/CEO, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria Dr. Yakuba Baba, said the essence of the this submit was to strengthen environmental health officers to be able to address outbreak diseases in the country.

“One of the thing we have been contending with is the Covid 19 pandemic and its effects and we believed environmental health work force has significantly participated actively in providing non pharmaceutical containment measures . “others include not limited to the disinfection and decontamination ,enforcing hygiene and sanitation measures in our community which include the promotion of the social distancing”,he said.

Also speaking, National Consultant Public Health and Environment WHO Nigeria, Dr Edwin Isotu ,said a healthy environment is vital to human health and the development from stable climate to clean air to safe water sanitation and hygiene.

Dr. Isotu said this first National submit on environmental health came timely and especially now that Covid 19 has given us a very urgent remainder.

He called for collaboration among health experts.

Meanwhile, The Vice Chancellor of University of Bauchi, Prof. Uba Awalo said everything about public health is the environment and if issues in the environment is properly addressed ,more than 90% of our health problems will disappeared.

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