WORLD HEALTH DAY: Avoid open defecation, drug abuse, others, AGPMPN warns

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The Ogun State Chapter of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, has called out to the entire citizens of the state to shy away from actions that could threaten their health.In a press release to commemorate the 2019 world health day, the chairman Ogun State Chapter of AGPMPN, Dr Adeneye Kusimo listed open defecation, drug abuse, immunization, dirt as areas citizens need to pay attention.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year’s theme ‘universal health coverage’ is to ensure that everyone can have access to health care at their proximity.

While wishing people all over the world the best of healthful living, AGPMPN advised that health issues be treated seriously adding that any form of discomfort requires swift medical attention.

“Good health is not only the absence of diseases but a state of complete well being of the individuals and these coalesce into the health of all in the communities or nations.

“… Ogun AGPMPN advises that individuals should take their health issues more seriously. Unusual changes in any part of the body should be taken seriously.

Headaches, pains and discomfort of any type in any part of the body is a call to attention. Disease conditions are easier to treat with an early detection which can only be achieved with early reporting. It is time to also know that prevention is not only better than cure, it is also cheaper.

“We should support and encourage immunisation at all levels. There is need to pay more attention to our environment especially in relation to filth, dirt and general wastes. Very many of the diseases thrive in dirty environments from where they also spread. Individuals should watch what they eat in terms of quality and quantity.

“At the community levels, the CDAs should be the eyes of the government in ensuring that all houses have toilet facilities to prevent indiscriminate defeacation and urination in the community; these are reasons for disease spread within the community. Food vendors should be made to operate in a clean environment. Bushes within the community should be cut while adequate attention should be paid to drainages to forestal the menace of mosquitoes, rats and other inhabitants of such dirty places.

“Parents and managers of our educational institutions should be very vigilant with the manners and attitudes of our teeming students.

Drug abuse and other vices which are fast becoming a menace can be better nipped in the bud if a place for hiding is not available in the school, home environment and between both.”

Kusimo also called on the government to improve health care across all levels by pumping fund into primary health care and health insurance schemes.

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