WHO currently working with Nigeria to ensure effective implementation of SDGs – Dr Mpazanje

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Acting Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Rex Mpazanje has hinted that “WHO is currently working with Nigeria to ensure effective implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Mpazanjeon dropped this hint at the 2nd African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA) / 3rd Society for Public Health Professionals of Nigeria (SPHPN) Conference held at the University of Ibadan,
According to the Acting Representative in Nigeria, WHO will continue to collaborate with Nigeria towards the effective implementation of the 17 SDGs.
For effective implementation of the 17 SDGs in Nigeria,he then charged the Federal government to give due attention to public health in its policy formulation framework for the benefit of Nigerians .
While observing that there is the need for the Nigerian government to “treat public health in its holistic sense because the issues of economic development, environment, human dignity, poverty reduction, etc. all come together to confirm the health status on the population, he lauded the Nigeria government for its positive approach to health issues.
Commenting on the increase in the rate of malnutrition at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) centres in the North East, he noted that the organization now working hand in hand with Health officials from the Federal as well as the Governments of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States and the Military to ensure that humanitarian assistance are provided for the victims.
Speaking, President of the Society for Public Health Professionals of Nigeria, Professor Michael Asuzu in his remark attributed the high rate of medical tourism by influential Nigerians, on the absence of conducive working environment for the health professionals in the country.
Professor Adetokunbo Lucas in a keynote address titled “Developing Global Health” tasked Nigerian government at all levels to take the declaration more seriously, with equity and social justice.

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