By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”THEÂ Â Â Emir of Ningi, Bauchi State, Alhaji Yunusa Danyaya, has called on the three tiers of government to revive the services of Environmental Health Officers, EHOs’, in their domain to help reduce the prevalence of preventable diseases in the country.
Alhaji Danyaya made the call in Abakaliki at the batch 4 module-2 mandatory continuing education programme for Environmental Health Officers by the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, EHORECON, in Ebonyi State.
Represented by Chief Anthony Ezekwesili, Board Member, EHORECON, Danyaya regretted that the neglect of the services and practice of the Health Officers by the various tiers of government had resulted in drastic deterioration of the environment.
â€œIt used to be a common thing during the colonial and post colonial era to see the Sanitary Inspector move from place to place and house to house enforcing environmental health standards. This age old activity, which kept many diseases at bay has been neglected by successiveÂ governments and the society over the years. To worsen the situation, many states and local government areas have for many years placed embargo on employment of Environmental Health Officers. This situation has given rise to the prevalence of preventable diseases such as diarrhea, lasa fever, malaria and others,â€ lamented Danyaya.
According to Danyaya who is also Chairman of the Council, instead of employing the services of trained, licensed environmental health officers to identify and abate nuisance, the governments set up agencies managed by quacks.
He called on all the tiers of government to massively employ, train and empower more EHOâ€™s to enable them contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of government.
â€œThe general public is looking forward to seeing them on the streets again doing what they know best, that is monitoring the health of our living environment,â€ he said.