The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for Nigerians to give the Lifestyle and Alternative branches of medicine the chance and support they require to blossom for the overall health benefit of Nigerians.
The Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri gave the call while speaking at a symposium on “Humanity Disaster Risk Management: A Case Study of Flooding in Nigeria”. He noted that the most immediate task for Lifestyle Medicine to solve in Nigeria is the challenge of Nigerians “doing all the good things when they step foot on foreign lands but immediately on returning to our country, behave out of order”.
He observed that “Our policemen win awards when on foreign missions, our doctors are some of the best in the west and Nigerians are making all kinds of accomplishments around the world” and therefore called on Nigerian medical researchers to find out whether the problem of Nigerians doing the wrong things in their homeland is a medical problem.
Mr. Omeri also challenged Nigerians to support Nigerian alternative medicine, learning from China’s experience in that regard, to find solutions to nagging health issues in the country such as malaria and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He therefore appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to increase its support for the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research “as a necessary complement to government’s commendable effort at increasing healthcare access by our people”.