By Sani Garba Mohammed
The Registrar, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria [EHORECON], Mr. Augustine Ebisike visited School Of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and interacts with all students of public health, and precisely final year students that chooses environmental health and safety option.
In the interaction, the Registrar traced the historical background of environmental/public health practice in Nigeria as a nomenclature that has changed over time from Nuisance Inspector of the 1930s to the Sanitary Inspector of 1950s and 60s to Public Health Superintendent of the 1970s and to the present Environmental Health Officer, which is in conformity with what is obtainable internationally, discussed the current state of environmental health practice in Nigeria and what his council is doing in uplifting the profession to its rightful place in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
He also talked about the regulatory functions of EHORECON which include determining the standard of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the profession of Environmental Health Officers and improving the standard set from time to time; securing the establishment and maintenance of a Register of Environmental Health Officers and publication of such register from time to time; and many others as specified by the act establishing the council.
“A career in Environmental health is both rewarding and challenging” said the Registrar, thus graduates of the discipline will be very suitably equipped to take on gainful employment in the following areas, public health related agencies and environmental sanitation parastasals, pollution monitoring and controls outfits, disease surveillance units/establishments, research institutions, public health department of state and federal ministries of health, public utilities, agencies concerned with food inspection, standards, disease control vis-à-vis immunization programmes, private establishments and independently operated laboratories/ and referrals units for the analysis of environmental samples such polluted water, food [cooked], confectionaries/bakeries etc, establish private outfits in different areas of public/environmental health management, and many others.
The council also promised to facilitate employment of first class graduate of public health in FUTO to augment the shortfall of manpower.
Students expressed happiness over the visit to interact with them and find out more about their chosen profession and what the future holds.
Abea Canice said “Though a new student, but I am happy to have chosen public health as my undergraduate course, which have many interventions to offer in providing solution to Nigeria’s health problems”.