The Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria and body of Environmental Health Scientists have called on the Federal Government and the state government to stop paying lips services to health matters and issues of climate change to ensure healthy existence of Nigerians.
This was even as the President of Lagos Chapter of Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Akingbehin has emerged the National President at the 49th National conference at the Annual General Meeting of the association held in Bauchi.
Speaking on state of the nation’s health sector and benefits of effective environmental health service delivery system, Dr. Akingbehin identified need to engage and encourage professional environmental health officers and adequate funding.
He called on governments at all level to eschew lip services on environmental sanitation issues, lamenting the poor level of sanitation in the country. He added that the government still needs to do more because prevention is better and cheaper than cure.
Akingbehin also stressed the need for governments to be committed to afforestation programmes with a view to combating climate change and its consequences. He further explained that prioritising environmental health services will save Nigerians from lots of health challenges and other embarrassing sanitation related diseases emerging in recent time.
He said: “Strict adherence to the above according to the scholar Sanitarian will guarantee cleaner , greener and healthier Nigeria of our dream he called on EHOs to brace up with renewed determination to deliver an effectual professional service with high level of discipline. We assure the government and general public of our administration’s readiness to create complaint centers in the six geopolitical zones of the federation to take up and treat complaints as well as assuring competent monitoring as a way of enforcement of standards in practice throughout the federation.”
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