Sustainable development has remain a major global discourse and concern particularly the environment & health effect on the overall wellbeing of living matter.
The concern is so pronounced that development and environmental Health expert are worried if the world would be able to survive the presence rare at which the environment is being depleted and not too impressive commitment being given to solve the problem.
Principle 1 of the United Nation [UN] charter of the Rio Declaration on Environment states that “Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature”.
The Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria [EHOAN] being the major stakeholder in Environmental Health Practice in Nigeria and other countries has organized Conference/Scientific workshop to mirror some of the constituents of sustainable development with emphasis on the Environmental health Challenges/implications, titled ‘Environmental Health: The key to sustainable development of a nation’ in Umuahia, Abia state between 17th-22nd October, 2011.
The expected commitments from both the practitioners, government and non-governmental organizations in enhancing the realization of the UN objectives of sustainable development that would not only flourish the present generation but also continue to provide adequately to satisfy the yearnings of the unborn/future generations was focused.
The topics discussed are:
* Environmental health implications of housing development
• The place of Environmental health in Agricultural development
• E-waste: its implication to health and environment
• Energy use, public infrastructural development and environmental health
• Medical waste management! The environmental health challenges
• Indoor Residual Spray [IRS]: An approach to malaria prevention
The communiqué at the end of the conference will be posted later.