In line with its mission to improve standards in training and practice, adding value to Environmental Health Services, the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) has inducted no fewer than 2000 members.
They were inducted at a ceremony for the registered Environmental Health Practitioners and officers in Abuja on Friday.
EHORECON is an agency charged with the responsibility of regulating Environmental Health profession in Nigeria.
The Registrar of the agency, Dr Abonyi Dominic in his welcome address explained that the inauguration was the sixth induction ceremony of the agency since its establishment in the country.
The aim of the exercise, the registrar said would increase the numbers of health officers in Nigeria to enable the agency to discharge its duties in line with its mandates to ensure enabling environment.
According to him, the council is mandated to issue registration certificates to the newly registered practitioners in line with the provisions of Act No. 11 of 2002 which established the profession.
He said that the admission of the inductees into the profession was formalised and as such, they were expected to uphold the professions’ contain in the code of ethics of the career.
‘’We have so far registered close to 10,000 health professionals in Nigeria since the provisions of Act No. 11 of 2002, ’’ he said.
Also, Prof. Agu Amadi, Department of Environmental Health Technology, Federal University off Technology, Oweri, tasked the new health officers on exploring the potential of environmental health services to tackle diseases which could be avoided in Nigeria.
Amadi, who is also the Professor of Health Science, said further that Nigeria had the potential to become a major player in the global economy by virtue of its human and natural resource endowments.
Amadi, who spoke on the keynote lecture titled “Exploring the Potential of Environmental Health Services Toward the Realization of the Goals of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan(ERGP)”, said this potential had remained relatively untapped over the years.
The Don added that resource in health services were not left out of the country’s economic potential.
He said economic growth in Nigeria had faced various supply constraints, saying that unhealthy environment was also a contributory factor to these challenges.
‘’Economic growth is beneficial for society when it creates opportunities and provides support to the vulnerable.
Amadi, therefore, urged the health officers to use their profession to create enabling environment to attract both local and foreign investors to the country, adding that this will create more chances for employment.
Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril the Minister of State for Environment, in his contribution said he was delighted to note that the council had remained resolute in inducting its professionals consistently since its establishment.
Jibril urged them to ensure that the essence of the regulatory roles of the council was maintained.
According to him, the Federal Government is keenly interested in having a safe, serene, sanitary and healthy environment for the teeming Nigerian population.
‘’This can only be attained by having in a place a robust environmental health services being the prime determinant and shaper of the nation’s public health outcomes.
‘’The ministry will continue to support the council in developing the necessary tools and administrative controls with which to effectively regulate these very impactful services, ‘’ he said.