Public health students of Atiba University hold campaign on water sanitation, malaria
The Public Health students of Atiba University Oyo, Nigeria, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health stormed host community with a massive campaign on water sanitation, malaria prevention and medical check-up on Wednesday 5th July, 2023.
The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Institution Prof. Sunday Okeniyi who expressed satisfaction on the exercise, charged the students to know what health entails and their roles to the community
Also, the Director of Consultancy Unit, Atiba University, Prof. Wasiu Babalola advised the students to remain focused and determined in their line of duty as health officers.
During the exercise, Prof. Ife Adewumi said Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is essential to human existence.
He emphasized that WASH is at the core of child health and development and is vital for a child’s well-being.
EHOAN South West President, Dr Tope Akinwumi, said wholesome water supply and Sanitation, hygiene are necesity, adding that access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene gives children and their families a chance to flourish.
“We believe every child deserves and has the right to use safe water and live in a clean environment. Potable water supply, clean environment and good hygiene practices are essential for children and families to thrive,” Akinwumi said.
Dr Akinwumi said further that there is still more work to be done, saying that, “More than 700 children still die each day due to diarrhoea caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. The world has made a commitment to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030. This goal is known as Sustainable Development.
“Our commitment is to ensure clean water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, everywhere we work, by 2030.
The Director of Omowumi Continuing Education Services, Mr Adeleke Morenikeji said clean and safe water supply reduces the time needed to collect water.
“This allows children to attend school and parents, particularly mothers, to have more time to generate income for their families. Safe household toilets and handwashing facilities will keep children and families free from disease,” he stated.
Lastly, he advised the graduating students to be committed in safeguarding public health, noting that enthusiasm and attention to detail at all times was necessary and that good communication skills should be employed to explain safety procedures and regulations clearly and concisely.
Meanwhile, some of the graduating students profusely thanked their lecturers and mentors for their respective roles and efforts in ensuring that they graduated successfully.
One of them, Abiona Olumide Felix, said, “My appreciation goes to Dr Tope Akinwumi, Mr Adeleke Morenikeji and Francis Oyedeji for being incredible role models and mentors to us as we made our way through school, inspiring us to think of the bigger picture and strive to do great things even amidst difficult situations. We will never forget you sirs. Thank you so much and God bless you and your family.”
For Oyegoke Bukola Lamlat, the class representative, they wouldn’t have come this far if not for the contributions of their lecturers.
“I thank all the lecturers who have helped us get to this special day. Without their support, guidance, and dedication, we wouldn’t have been able to come this far. They are true role models and have taught us about invaluable life skills that will stay with us forever,” Lamlat declared.
Yusuff Mutiu Olawale opined, “It’s time to say goodbye to our lecturers who have inspired countless students throughout their careers. Words alone cannot express how thankful we are for everything they did for us. The countless hours spent after school helping us with our studies, the random pep talks during exams, the warm hugs when we were feeling down — all these small things added up to shape who we are today. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for standing by our sides during our entire educational journey sir/ma.”