Health experts advocate strategic action plan in tackling post COVID-19 era

Health experts advocate strategic action plan in tackling post COVID-19 era

Health experts have advocated for sustainable action to overcome effects of COVID-19 pandemic across the nation.

They said response activities should be structured to meet up with global contemporary and future scientific demands.

Delivering lecture at the 2nd International Bioscience Conference, organized by Faculty of Biosciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, themed, “Post COVID 19 Pandemic Resilience: Role of The Biosciences”, a lecturer at Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof Alex Ikeme warned against complacency in health recovery and survival efforts.

He noted that next pandemic was around the corner, stressing the need to design food emergency intervention to enable Nigeria withstand impacts arising from the pandemic.

While lamenting that second wave of pandemic affected global value chain, debts profile and all aspects of the economy, Ikeme encouraged participants to sustain resilience against the pandemic.

“We need to continue to work with all stakeholders at national, state and local government levels to increase awareness, social mobilization and increased coverage,” he said.

Declaring the conference open, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Charles Esimone said all hands must be on deck to ensure Nigeria rose from the impact of the pandemic to greater heights.

Esimone who was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof Frederick Odibo stressed that increased collaborative measures must be taken by relevant professionals for public health recovery.

He noted that challenges posed by other health concerns such as Ebola disease should be discussed to drive the next phase of development.

Chairman of the occasion, Dr Nikky Okoye said the gathering was targeted at developing collaborative strategies for tackling the post pandemic effects and related issues so as to devise interventions on a wider scale.

Earlier, Dean, Faculty of Biosciences, Prof Stanley Udedi, said the conference focused on providing opportunity for fostering policy debate, exchange ideas and experiences on the progress made so far.

He said, “The conference identified emerging issues on planning and chart the way forward towards improving the existing situations.

“It also provided a platform for the review of research findings on the pandemic as well as promote efforts towards the adoption of best practices in handling the pandemic’s aftermath.”

One of the resource persons and Founder, Centre For Psychic Healing Administration (CPHA), Awka, Dr Mrs Flora Ilonzo, who spoke on “Let Your Food be Your Medicine”, enumerated benefits of using herbal remedies in resolving health challenges affecting humanity.

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