Environmental Hazards and Health Practitioners: A Study of Rivers State
20 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2013
Date Written: January 31, 2013
The environment is here considered as 'our mother' because it surrounds, protects and nurtures man; however, it has been discovered that man in its economic bid to survive alters and despoils her (environment) thereby generating and creating various types and degrees of hazards. Some are bio-degradable and others are not and these hazards account for unhealthy situations man experience. Therefore, this research was set out to find out the role health practitioners play in the control and management of hazards which when let into the environment upset the health of the people. The reason for this choice is because the health practitioners are traditionally regarded as the custodians of the people’s health. The researcher worked with physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists from six health institutions, because these groups of workers are viewed as almost all the time in contact with people whether ill or well. It was later found out that though the health practitioners are to be the 'watchdog' of the people’s health, on the contrary, they are not in control or not even consulted when polices that bother on the environment are being proposed, and so they cannot adequately advice on the operators and perpetuators whom this study identified as multinational corporations and other allied industries. In other to bring about paradigm shift from hospital based treatment to preventive and wellness care, the respondents agreed that ecological studies should be included in health institutions’ curricula and polices on the care of environment should be holistic rather than parochial, and the health practitioners should hence forth be an integral part of the promulgators of such policies.
Keywords: environment, hazards, professional, productive forces, biodegradable
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