WHD is an annual event of the WHO, held yearly on the 7th of April; with each year bringing to fore a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. It also doubles as the anniversary of the founding of WHO (in 1948).
This year’s topic, “Our Planet, Our Health” is timely, as it is pertinent in elaborating the interplay between the planet and our health; the latter highly dependent on the former.
To mark this auspicious day, the triumvirate of Healthy Livercare Initiative (HLI), a health advocacy initiative; ICAL, an NGO; and Facelift_, a student pressure group, organised a mini health rally and an environment cleanup exercise.
The location of interest, Lamingo Dam Roundabout was chosen for it’s strategic location; asides linking Jos North to Jos East, it’s in proximity to Lamingo Dam (a water supply hub for the treatment plant as well as, a source of water for fishing and farming by the neighbouring communities).
It has however become an eyesore and regrettably so, that such a strategic location has been turned into a refuse dumpsite.
Volunteers in their numbers started trooping as early as 7am. Working implements, including gloves and face masks were on ground.
After a brief address by the HLI Co-founder, Dr Peter Yawe, all volunteers got kitted in their working gear, ready for the task ahead.
After about an hour of rigorous work, the highly motivated volunteers transformed what had been an eyesore into a clean and tidy environment.
After which they held placards for demonstration, pleading with members of the society to imbibe hygienic practices, while shying away from those practices that adversely harm the environment.
Video interviews were granted by the founders of HLI, Facelift_ and ICAL; Dr Peter Yawe, Moneno Joel and Jessica Steven respectfully, expressing the need for individuals to participate actively in taking care of the environment.
Eyewitnesses and Passersby were impressed by the level of transformation the site received following the exercise, with most expressing their gratitude and commendation.
written by Moneno Joel