Health Personnel Are Front Liners To Combat Climate Change – Expert

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Chairman, Governing Council of Kaduna State College of Midwifery, Tudun Wada in Kaduna South Local Government Area, Dr Yusuf Nadabo has described health personnel as front liners on the trend, and management of ravages of climate change in Kaduna State.
He stated this during a campaign on climate change organized by a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO), African Climate Reporters at the Kaduna State College of Midwifery on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
According to Dr Nadabo, the young midwives and nurses of the College had to be kept abreast of the development in relations with health issues on how climate change is now changing the pattern of infectious diseases across the globe.
The chairman said this has become necessary as awareness is one way of combating these devastations and ravages of climate change in the state; saying it is the reason for the program.
“We have given students of the College the go ahead to form a club to work in partnership and collaboration with African Climate Reporters, other environmental organizations and experts in combating environmental catastrophe induced by climate change,” he said.

In his remarks, Executive Director of GreenAid Africa and Global Coordinator of DRR Non-state Actors Network, Tabi Joda said climate change is a growing global threat that cut across different stratas of life in the scale and scope of it effects on human health which is unprecedented.

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said that the normal human physiology is either shifting from its natural condition into artificial vulnerability; saying one of the greatest effects of climate change is food production, and that has been infected by Aflatoxin.
Explaining further, Dr. Joda said some health hazards induced by climate change include the leaching of Aflatoxins contaminants into foods making them unsafe for human and animal consumption
“People consume food that do not have the necessary amount of nutrients that the body requires. And when the body lacks intake of nutritious foods as required, the immune system diminish and this is one example of effect of climate change on human immunity.
“Today, there are more pregnancy disorders and miscarriages among the women and this could be traced to effect of climate change.
“You can see we have increasing Aflatoxin on plants. The food system and landscapes are degraded, the entire ecosystem is depleting and heat waves are increasing day by day.

“We have to look at climate change from our immediate environment, the depletion, absence of trees, absence of healthy landscapes, and that of thriving biodiversity ecosystem services like water, good oxygen, thriving farmlands are no longer in existence. Also, we see increasing ocean salinity, disasters like droughts, floods and other forms of threats that affect human health one way or the other,” he said.
Citing malaria which currently have different trend because of climate change, noting, that mosquitoes habitats could now be found in areas where they were never before, and could live beyond 14 days which hitherto used to be 7 days. And that is the result why Typhoid is so common.
According to him, this is the message being communicated to students of health to understand the relationship between human physiology, immune system and how it is being affected by climate change.
Earlier, Provost of Kaduna State College of Midwifery, Tudun Wada, Shehu Danlami, who commended organizers of the event said going by the way the students responded by asking questions indicated that they got a grasped of what is expected of them.

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