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Shortage Of Manpower Crippling Environmental Health Sector – Association

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

President of the Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOA), Yandeh Mairiga has advised the Kaduna State government to recruit more environmental health personnel as shortage of manpower and lack of enabling laws were crippling environmental health sector in the state.

Mairiga complained that the state had only 100 certified environmental health officers, a figure he said was grossly inadequate for a state with an estimated population of eight million people.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) standard for environmental health inspectors is one officer to 8,000 people. In our case, the situation is one inspector to 80,000 people. How can our impact be felt?” he asked.

He blamed the situation on government’s failure to encourage professional certification of environmental health officers in the state. He, therefore, urged Governor Nasiru El-Rufa to address the problem in order to enhance healthy environment and protect the citizenry.

Mairiga emphasised that every food vendor and operator has to be certified by environmental officials to enable them operate under healthy environment. He also noted that restaurant operators think cooking did not need any specialised training, so they jump into it with the traditional way of cooking without the basics of a clean environment.

“As environmental health officials, we have the right to seek a court injunction to seal any place found wanting until the right thing is done. But we are crippled by inadequate manpower to effectively monitor and certify every food vendor in the state. No matter the nutritional value of food, its method of preparation could make it detrimental to human health.”