Government at all levels have been advised to change the health sector in the country from a ‘sick care system’ to a comprehensive health system.
A guest speaker at the symposium/scientific session of the 2015 Physicians Week organised by the Kwara State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Shehu Adaramaja, gave the advice in Ilorin.
Adaramaja, who spoke on the role of health educators in the prevention of diseases, noted that education is an important component of outreach for the prevention and control of diseases.
“Health education improves the awareness of health risk which is the basis for disease prevention and health promotion. Effective dissemination of helpful health information and prevention strategies, as well as signs and symptoms of diseases offer a cost-effective means of reducing morbidity,” he said.
Chairman, Kwara State chapter of NMA, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla, said the essence of the Physicians Week was for the appraisal of what they have been doing and to remind members to remain committed in fostering the health of citizens.
“Prevention is better than cure and it is sad that people are not as aware as they should be on how to prevent diseases,’’ he maintained.


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