LSPHCB, Kosofe LGA, commemorate International Youth Day

The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB) and Kosofe Local Government Area, in collaboration with Mercy Corps, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), The Challenge Initiative, and DISC on Thursday August 17th 2023, commemorated the International Youth Day in Lagos.

Speaking during the commemoration, Dr Ibrahim Mustapha, Permanent Secretary, LSPHCB said that the theme “Good Health and Well Being for Youth: Essential for Green Skill Achievement” was apt and coming at the right time.

Mustapha said that we are not looking at some of the things that are very important and are already making our world less green than it should be.
He said that every now and then, people talked about climate change, global warming with its extreme temperature here and there, deforestation, and all of that.

He said that we might not be seeing that now, but our world is moving towards that catastrophe if we don’t reduce some of the things that we do that is negatively impacting on our society and our world.

He said that some people do not believe in global warming, but if we do, I would now urge people to have a change of attitude, change the way we do things and be abreast with the necessary information.

He said changing our world would begin with the youths noting that the youths need to be equipped with necessary life sustaining tools that would impact directly on their health and would make them to live in a world that is green.

Earlier, Dr. Dayo Lajide, Permanent Secretary, Primary Healthcare District 2, has said that the programme was remarkable in the sense that it was talking about health issues of youths.

Lajide said that the program was using the power of sports, particularly football, to ignite, inspire, and engage the youths.

She said that the program would make the Youths cultivate healthy habits and understand their health issues better.

She said that the program would be looking at family planning, extra hygiene, Sexual Transmitted Disease, unwanted pregnancy, and mental health, among others.

The Health Daily Nigeria (HDN) reports that the program was in collaboration with Mercy Corps, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, (MWAN), The Challenge Initiative (TCI) DISC, YPE4AH and community heads.

It also reports that the program featured different health talks from experts on prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections and unwanted pregnancy, substance abuse and mental health, puberty changes and menstrual hygiene and importance of taking charge of your sexual health and life planning as a young person.

The highlight of the event was the exciting football match amongst boys and girls in the community to foster team spirit and healthy competition.

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