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Where Are The Health Inspectors Of Today?

by Anita Ogona

Growing up in the Northern part of Nigeria in the early eighties afforded us the opportunity of seeing erring food vendor once in a while run for their lives and most times abandoning their wares on sighting health inspectors. in our world Today, most children in the neighborhood born from year 2000 to date cannot boost of seeing or having interacted with any known health inspector. Are they still in existence or operational? one can only conclude that they may be existing in the Books establishing the agency which functions under Ministry of health in Nigeria

WHERE ARE THE HEALTH INSPECTORS OF TODAY?

THE Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN have advised the governments both at the state and local government levels to re-introduce the community health inspectors for the improvement of the health of the populace in the country.

Chairman of AGPMPN in Ogun State, Dr. Rabiu Kusimo gave this advice at a lecture as part of activities marking the World Health Day in Abeokuta. Kusimo while speaking on this year’s theme: Universal health coverage, said: “Good health is not only the absence of diseases but a state of complete wellbeing of the individuals and these coalesce into the health of all in the communities or nations.” “The local government should consider as a matter of urgency, the re-introduction of the health inspectors back into our communities.

 “The primary health is the pillar of health and it should be so supported and the institutions in that cadre should be empowered to function in that stead.” “There is need to pay more attention to our environment especially in relation to filth, dirt and general wastes. Many of the diseases thrive in dirty environments from where they also spread. “At the community levels, the CDAs should be the eyes of the government in ensuring that all houses have toilet facilities to prevent indiscriminate defecation and urination in the community; these are reasons for disease spread within the community.”


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