October 16, 2021

World Health Day: Nigeria alerted to “emergencies”

World Health Day celebrated 7th April yearly

As the world mark this year’s World Health Day, Development Communication (Devcoms) has task the Nigerian government, at all levels, to provide equitable health care coverage to all citizens to reduce the impact of health emergencies on the citizens.

In a statement by DevComs Program Director, Akin Jimoh said majority of Nigerians struggle daily to make ends meet and put food on the table but most of them still live below poverty lines and the advent of COVID-19 has shown the unequal distribution of wealth in the country.

“We, at Development Communications (DevComs) Network, condemn the unequal access to health care delivery between the general populace and government officials, political leaders, traditional rulers, and the majority of the affluent in the society.

“Though Nigeria is a resource-rich country, the majority of citizens continue to wallop in poverty” the statement added.

According to the statement, this inequality has led to a lot of problems in the country from insecurity to lack of many social amenities including steady electricity supply, portable water, and so on.

“All these impact on the health of the populace and lack of good health indices is an indicator that we are not thriving as a country” says Akin Jimoh in the statement.

The statement also added that the ongoing Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown the fragile nature of health care services and coverage in the country a situation has been worsened by the ongoing strike by resident doctors across the country. The actions of the doctors are a direct result of age-long disagreements with the government, an action that impacts more on vulnerable groups across the country.

World Health Day is been celebrated every 7 of April since 1950 to create awareness on a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization with this year’s as “Building a fairer, healthier world” as it theme.