Sen. Eze Ajoku, the President, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), on Saturday called for commitment of government and other stakeholders to providing functional public healthcare services in Nigeria.
Ajoku made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja while congratulating his daughter, Dr Ezinne Eze-Ajoku (the only Nigerian in her set) and others, on the 21st May 2020, Ph.D virtual graduation on Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Johns Hopkins ranks as number one amongst the best Public Health Universities in the world and graduation was a virtual one.
He said that only a sincere investment in the improvement of public health was key to achieving global victory over health emergencies.
“I think as a Nation, we should channel more resources into public health, with emphasis on gerontology, and geriatrics by ways of producing more personnel and attracting resources toward these sectors.
“In order to prevent public health emergencies and improve preparedness for pandemics and other health challenges,” Ajoku said.
The COSROPIN president, who reiterated the need for improvement of public health, with emphasis on care of older persons, charged his daughter and other public health practitioners to help redress the country’s health sector using their knowledge in various areas of healthcare sector.
The coalition leader emphasised the imperatives of creating the institutional framework needed for training and certifying personnel to adequately service the counrty’s need in the area of gerontology, geriatric care and management, which was long overdue.
Besides, Ajoku called for stronger synergy among health workers, not only to provide cure for malaria and tuberculosis, among others, but also to provide global response to emergencies and pandemics such as COVID-19.
He however expressed optimism that with progress being made in the churning out of public health experts, both in the country and abroad, older persons’ health challenges would soon receive adequate attention.
Ajoku expressed optimism that the graduates would use the knowledge gained as a health service administrator to promote and engage the policy makers on the health needs of older persons in Nigeria as well as ensuring that older persons’ affairs were prioritised.
He encouraged the graduates to join the campaign currently going on for the rights of older persons, saying that older persons lack enough young advocates in the health sector.
The lawmaker also implored them to channel all efforts toward the management of age related illnesses throughout their career as an authority in public health field.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)