TheFederalGovernmenthas called on security and intelligenceoperativestostrengthenefforts in order to ensure no blood sample leaves the shores of the country. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, issued the warning while speaking as a Guest lecturer at the National Institute of Security Studies, Usuma Dam, Abuja, on topic ‘Globalization of Public Health Implication for National Security.’
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, he explained that public health threat or emergency was linked to national security, as globalization has made outbreak or threats of diseases easy to spread across national borders. Adewole, who noted that Public Health threats were diverse, multiplying and moving faster beyond borders, presenting new challenges, urged all security organisations to strengthen a collaborative response.
According to him, Public Health emergencies could affect the psychological wellbeing of a population, and if not properly managed, could expose the country to increased level of attacks, such as petty crimes and terrorism thereby exerting enormous pressure on the nation’s economy and severely affect national defence. “Health problems, issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries, may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions.
“Infectious diseases and Public Health were National Security issues as well as a worldwide problem.
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