"Health begins at home" -- that is the theme of World Health Day in Nigeria.?
"Health begins at home" -- that is the theme of World Health Day in Nigeria. Saturday (7 April) was the 25th anniversary of the World Health Organisation, commemorated by the globally-observed World Health Day.
In Lagos, a special exhibition is being held at the City Hall. Exhibits include demonstrations of basic techniques of hygiene, such as boiling food to sterilise it. Even such simple matters as the correct way of feeding babies are demonstrated, alongside more complex aspects of health precautions, such as anti-mosquito chemicals and birth control.
At a press conference to mark the opening of the exhibition, Alhaji Aminu Kano, Federal Commissioner for Health, listed some of the factors contributing to a healthy home. He mentioned poor or inadequate feeding, dirty water, accumulated sewage and refuse and badly ventilated houses. He said the government and the people had the responsibility of providing services to eliminate these factors.
SYNOPSIS: Decaying rubbish lies in a street, right next to a food stall. It's scenes like this which an exhibition at Lagos city hall is intended to halt.
The exhibition marks Worlds Health Day, and the theme is "Health begins at home."
This year's World Health Day has special significance, it's the 25th anniversary of the World Health Organisation.
The Nigerian exhibition ranged from such basic health points as boiling food properly to kill germs, to rather more complex demonstrations of medical matters. Nigeria's Federal Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Aminu Kano, told newsman, both the government and the people had responsibility for providing services to eliminate the factors which contributed to unhealthy homes.
Even the simple matter of feeding babies the right way has to be explained to some people. Other health problems the Minister quoted included poor or inadequate nutrition, dirty water, accumulated sewage and refuse, and badly ventilated homes. He appealed to all mothers and children in Nigeria to keep a healthy home and surroundings.
The exhibition also featured some of the broader aspects of the work of the world health organisation, such as combating malaria-carrying mosquitoes.