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Place priority on preventive health, not curative, expert urges govts

An Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr Aaron Ogundiwin, has called on the three tiers of government to place more priority on preventive health, not curative.

Ogundiwin, who is also the chairman of, Governing Council, Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology, Ibadan, made the call at a news conference held in the institution in Ibadan.

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“The health sector in Nigeria is suffering from challenges of planning priority and misplacement of priority. We place priority on curative medicine than preventive medicine.

“So, we need to place emphasis on preventive above curative medicine,” he said.

Ogundiwin recalled that the genesis of international health was based on curative health, saying that the WHO established in 1948 was not the first global response to health.

He said international health began in the 1920s and had to do with sanitary issues, saying the event led to the establishment of the college in 1933 before WHO was inaugurated in 1948.

“So, sanitary issues started international health around 1922, which led to the establishment of sanitary training institutions and training centres for sanitary inspectors.

“These were the first set of health workers globally. This led to the establishment of College of Health Technology, Yaba, Lagos in 1922,” he said.

He attributed the successes so far made at the institution in the last three years to the support from the Makinde-led administration.

He said the institution would no doubt celebrate its 90 years of existence in 2023 with more laurels and achievements.(NAN)

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