In a bid to educate people on basic health issues in the country, Hope and New Life Health, a humanitarian organization founded in 2007 has officially launched the “Health Education Programme”, at the Sierra Leone News Agency over the weekend in Freetown.
Dr. James Russell, a Medical Practitioner attached to the Connaught hospital, said that such education was vital to life as it would equip people with information on the dangers of various diseases in Africa and else where in the world, adding that ‘information on health is power.’
He said the power of information could be realized if the right information is taken to the people.
He stressed that; information about certain diseases would enable the people to adopt preventive measures, in order to minimize the spread.
He referred to hypertension as one of the diseases which people under rate but could be dangerous, as it might result to heart and kidney failures.
He recommended that physical exercise be part of the daily routine, as it has a role to play in preventing some of the diseases.
“Walking, swimming and running are all good for the physical wellbeing of man” he noted.
A representative of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sahr Kemoh observed that, the role of health education in enhancing the wellbeing of people was crucial to national development.
He maintained that the Ministry has a division of health education in all the regions of the country where people are expected to participate in health education in order to be acquainted with the prevalence of certain diseases.
He also highlighted the possibility of an advocacy net work in which local Chiefs and Parliamentarians are involved so that they would help educate their people on the dangers of certain diseases in their localities.
He concluded that the national immunization programme was a success since all parties were involved.
By Solomon Rogers