IKEDIASHI various challenges in the health system in

IKEDIASHI OBEHI PRECIOUS 

CHILD HEALTH AND ACCESS TO GOOD DRINKING
WATER           JANUARY 2018

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Children health’s I will say is the nation’s Wealth. Water
they say is Life. Coming from a developing nation, Nigeria, I have experienced
various challenges in the health system in my country where treatment is
largely dependent on your status whether you can afford it or not. To ensure
that the child is healthy and have the opportunity to fulfil their potentials,
there must be a collective efforts and commitment to ensuring a child access to
good drinking water. This will greatly edge out frequent visitation to health
care service which is as a result of lack of good drinking water as one of the
major causes of health challenges in children even in the elderly.

Consequently, growing
up in a rural area where water is an essential commodity, drinking clean and
good water can be equated to having billions in your bank account. As a young
Teen then, I often wish I could liberate my community from frequent cholera
epidemic outbreak which resulted from drinking contaminated water and lack of
good health care services. Miserably, children were typically at the receiving
end. This will prompt me to engage in community and population health science
with a major in child health research.

According to The
American College of Paediatrics (ACP) in June 2009, The American College of Paediatrics
(ACP) issued a report calling for improved public education about drinking
water and children’s health. The report raised concern about children’s
increased susceptibility to the possible health effects of contaminated
drinking water from any source – public water systems, private water wells, and
bottled water. The ACP report concluded that “well water can be used safely by
families, but regular testing is recommended,” and issued a report calling for
improved public education about drinking water and children’s health. The
report raised concern about children’s increased susceptibility to the possible
health effects of contaminated drinking water from any source – public water
systems, private water wells, and bottled water. The ACP report concluded that
“well water can be used safely by families, but regular testing is
recommended,” 1

In a nation like
mine, well water and ground water are the most common drinking water source for
more than 8 million Nigerian Households in rural Areas and sadly, most of this
well water and ground water are never treated due to negligence of the
well-being of the citizens of the country by the government agencies, limited
resources on the side of the citizens, lack of information and awareness. As a
result of this, a lot of children are faced with various health issues ranging
from Cholera, diarrhoea allergies etc.

My previous
research on the mortality rate in children in Fika Yobe State in 2007 shown
that 80% of children in this state died as a result of contaminated water. For
instant, in Fika community in particular, the major source of water is ground
water. When this water was tested, a lot of contaminants were found in the water.
Among many is Cryptosporidium parvum, that is usually present in human and
animal faecal waste. The infection caused by this parasite has been known to be
an “emerging microbial threats to the population”. The tiniest size of this
parasite hinders the typical treatment of this water. Hence any child exposed
to this parasite unknowingly taken in the water can experience gastrointestinal
problems including vomiting, diarrhoea, allergies and/or cramps. The children were
highly vulnerable due to their weakened immune systems as a result of
malnutrition and lack of good health care services predominantly in this area.

At the end of the
research, there was implementation of the necessary findings and recommendations,
which enhanced the children’s health and even the elderly. The health records
of children who lived between 2007 -2009 was far better than previous years. There
was 80% improvement in the water system treatment and healthcare services. The
mortality rate also reduced drastically. There was a reduction in infectious
diseases in the community. The water contaminant was greatly reduced thereby
leaving the community with a more purer water for consumption.

My involvement in this
research led me to a volunteered service in the community health care service
between 2007 -2009. The research reports attracted Federal and state government
agencies to provide good water systems water in the state. Centre for disease
control was also contacted and lastly the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
were greatly employed to help control, eradicate and mitigate subsequent/future
occurrences. This brought a significant change to the life style of the community
population. I created awareness throughout the community and its environs.
Furthermore, I organised educated programs for mothers, especially nursing
mothers about the need to make use of clean water when feeding their young
ones. I also volunteered to work in the community health care where I assisted
in counselling, education and minor treatment of affected children.

Regardless of the
significant improvement in the child well-being, there are still national and
international indicators that the child’s health needs to be improved.
According to UNICEF bureau of health statistics in 2017, Statistics shows “that
malnutrition among children under age five has worsened nationwide with the
highest concerns in northern states. It said child wasting rate (children who
are too thin for their age) increased from 24.2 per cent to 31.5 per cent while
child stunting (children who are too short for their age) increased from 34.8
per cent to 43.6 per cent”2. Lack of good drinking water could also
contribute to malnutrition. The above data from UNICEF was obtained between
September 2016 and January 2017 from Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS),
a globally recognised and absolute source of information for assessing the
situation of children and women in the areas of health, nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene
(WASH), education, protection, and HIV & AIDS amongst others.

Hence, an urge has
been created in me to carry out more research on child health in the department
of community and population Health at the University of Saskatchewan; As one of
the top schools who is grossly involve in various research coupled with my
background in Statistics, I am very certain that my desire will be met if I am
given the opportunity. And this will further assist largely in planning,
monitory and presentation of facts and results to address the prevalent issues
in the overall child health and/or well-being.

 

 

 

(1)  National Academy of Science;
accessing and improving child health. copy right 2004 Bookshelf ID NBK92210

 

(2) 
UNICEF, Statistics Bureau; Nigeria infant mortality rate falls. November 16, 2017

 

(3) 
Oseghale
Davidson: My child’s health, my wealth. Oct
2016 , unpublished

 

(4) 
 

    

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 IKEDIASHI OBEHI PRECIOUS 

CHILD HEALTH AND ACCESS TO GOOD DRINKING
WATER           JANUARY 2018

Children health’s I will say is the nation’s Wealth. Water
they say is Life. Coming from a developing nation, Nigeria, I have experienced
various challenges in the health system in my country where treatment is
largely dependent on your status whether you can afford it or not. To ensure
that the child is healthy and have the opportunity to fulfil their potentials,
there must be a collective efforts and commitment to ensuring a child access to
good drinking water. This will greatly edge out frequent visitation to health
care service which is as a result of lack of good drinking water as one of the
major causes of health challenges in children even in the elderly.

Consequently, growing
up in a rural area where water is an essential commodity, drinking clean and
good water can be equated to having billions in your bank account. As a young
Teen then, I often wish I could liberate my community from frequent cholera
epidemic outbreak which resulted from drinking contaminated water and lack of
good health care services. Miserably, children were typically at the receiving
end. This will prompt me to engage in community and population health science
with a major in child health research.

According to The
American College of Paediatrics (ACP) in June 2009, The American College of Paediatrics
(ACP) issued a report calling for improved public education about drinking
water and children’s health. The report raised concern about children’s
increased susceptibility to the possible health effects of contaminated
drinking water from any source – public water systems, private water wells, and
bottled water. The ACP report concluded that “well water can be used safely by
families, but regular testing is recommended,” and issued a report calling for
improved public education about drinking water and children’s health. The
report raised concern about children’s increased susceptibility to the possible
health effects of contaminated drinking water from any source – public water
systems, private water wells, and bottled water. The ACP report concluded that
“well water can be used safely by families, but regular testing is
recommended,” 1

In a nation like
mine, well water and ground water are the most common drinking water source for
more than 8 million Nigerian Households in rural Areas and sadly, most of this
well water and ground water are never treated due to negligence of the
well-being of the citizens of the country by the government agencies, limited
resources on the side of the citizens, lack of information and awareness. As a
result of this, a lot of children are faced with various health issues ranging
from Cholera, diarrhoea allergies etc.

My previous
research on the mortality rate in children in Fika Yobe State in 2007 shown
that 80% of children in this state died as a result of contaminated water. For
instant, in Fika community in particular, the major source of water is ground
water. When this water was tested, a lot of contaminants were found in the water.
Among many is Cryptosporidium parvum, that is usually present in human and
animal faecal waste. The infection caused by this parasite has been known to be
an “emerging microbial threats to the population”. The tiniest size of this
parasite hinders the typical treatment of this water. Hence any child exposed
to this parasite unknowingly taken in the water can experience gastrointestinal
problems including vomiting, diarrhoea, allergies and/or cramps. The children were
highly vulnerable due to their weakened immune systems as a result of
malnutrition and lack of good health care services predominantly in this area.

At the end of the
research, there was implementation of the necessary findings and recommendations,
which enhanced the children’s health and even the elderly. The health records
of children who lived between 2007 -2009 was far better than previous years. There
was 80% improvement in the water system treatment and healthcare services. The
mortality rate also reduced drastically. There was a reduction in infectious
diseases in the community. The water contaminant was greatly reduced thereby
leaving the community with a more purer water for consumption.

My involvement in this
research led me to a volunteered service in the community health care service
between 2007 -2009. The research reports attracted Federal and state government
agencies to provide good water systems water in the state. Centre for disease
control was also contacted and lastly the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
were greatly employed to help control, eradicate and mitigate subsequent/future
occurrences. This brought a significant change to the life style of the community
population. I created awareness throughout the community and its environs.
Furthermore, I organised educated programs for mothers, especially nursing
mothers about the need to make use of clean water when feeding their young
ones. I also volunteered to work in the community health care where I assisted
in counselling, education and minor treatment of affected children.

Regardless of the
significant improvement in the child well-being, there are still national and
international indicators that the child’s health needs to be improved.
According to UNICEF bureau of health statistics in 2017, Statistics shows “that
malnutrition among children under age five has worsened nationwide with the
highest concerns in northern states. It said child wasting rate (children who
are too thin for their age) increased from 24.2 per cent to 31.5 per cent while
child stunting (children who are too short for their age) increased from 34.8
per cent to 43.6 per cent”2. Lack of good drinking water could also
contribute to malnutrition. The above data from UNICEF was obtained between
September 2016 and January 2017 from Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS),
a globally recognised and absolute source of information for assessing the
situation of children and women in the areas of health, nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene
(WASH), education, protection, and HIV & AIDS amongst others.

Hence, an urge has
been created in me to carry out more research on child health in the department
of community and population Health at the University of Saskatchewan; As one of
the top schools who is grossly involve in various research coupled with my
background in Statistics, I am very certain that my desire will be met if I am
given the opportunity. And this will further assist largely in planning,
monitory and presentation of facts and results to address the prevalent issues
in the overall child health and/or well-being.

 

 

 

(1)  National Academy of Science;
accessing and improving child health. copy right 2004 Bookshelf ID NBK92210

 

(2) 
UNICEF, Statistics Bureau; Nigeria infant mortality rate falls. November 16, 2017

 

(3) 
Oseghale
Davidson: My child’s health, my wealth. Oct
2016 , unpublished

 

(4) 
 

    

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 IKEDIASHI OBEHI PRECIOUS 

CHILD HEALTH AND ACCESS TO GOOD DRINKING
WATER           JANUARY 2018

Children health’s I will say is the nation’s Wealth. Water
they say is Life. Coming from a developing nation, Nigeria, I have experienced
various challenges in the health system in my country where treatment is
largely dependent on your status whether you can afford it or not. To ensure
that the child is healthy and have the opportunity to fulfil their potentials,
there must be a collective efforts and commitment to ensuring a child access to
good drinking water. This will greatly edge out frequent visitation to health
care service which is as a result of lack of good drinking water as one of the
major causes of health challenges in children even in the elderly.

Consequently, growing
up in a rural area where water is an essential commodity, drinking clean and
good water can be equated to having billions in your bank account. As a young
Teen then, I often wish I could liberate my community from frequent cholera
epidemic outbreak which resulted from drinking contaminated water and lack of
good health care services. Miserably, children were typically at the receiving
end. This will prompt me to engage in community and population health science
with a major in child health research.

According to The
American College of Paediatrics (ACP) in June 2009, The American College of Paediatrics
(ACP) issued a report calling for improved public education about drinking
water and children’s health. The report raised concern about children’s
increased susceptibility to the possible health effects of contaminated
drinking water from any source – public water systems, private water wells, and
bottled water. The ACP report concluded that “well water can be used safely by
families, but regular testing is recommended,” and issued a report calling for
improved public education about drinking water and children’s health. The
report raised concern about children’s increased susceptibility to the possible
health effects of contaminated drinking water from any source – public water
systems, private water wells, and bottled water. The ACP report concluded that
“well water can be used safely by families, but regular testing is
recommended,” 1

In a nation like
mine, well water and ground water are the most common drinking water source for
more than 8 million Nigerian Households in rural Areas and sadly, most of this
well water and ground water are never treated due to negligence of the
well-being of the citizens of the country by the government agencies, limited
resources on the side of the citizens, lack of information and awareness. As a
result of this, a lot of children are faced with various health issues ranging
from Cholera, diarrhoea allergies etc.

My previous
research on the mortality rate in children in Fika Yobe State in 2007 shown
that 80% of children in this state died as a result of contaminated water. For
instant, in Fika community in particular, the major source of water is ground
water. When this water was tested, a lot of contaminants were found in the water.
Among many is Cryptosporidium parvum, that is usually present in human and
animal faecal waste. The infection caused by this parasite has been known to be
an “emerging microbial threats to the population”. The tiniest size of this
parasite hinders the typical treatment of this water. Hence any child exposed
to this parasite unknowingly taken in the water can experience gastrointestinal
problems including vomiting, diarrhoea, allergies and/or cramps. The children were
highly vulnerable due to their weakened immune systems as a result of
malnutrition and lack of good health care services predominantly in this area.

At the end of the
research, there was implementation of the necessary findings and recommendations,
which enhanced the children’s health and even the elderly. The health records
of children who lived between 2007 -2009 was far better than previous years. There
was 80% improvement in the water system treatment and healthcare services. The
mortality rate also reduced drastically. There was a reduction in infectious
diseases in the community. The water contaminant was greatly reduced thereby
leaving the community with a more purer water for consumption.

My involvement in this
research led me to a volunteered service in the community health care service
between 2007 -2009. The research reports attracted Federal and state government
agencies to provide good water systems water in the state. Centre for disease
control was also contacted and lastly the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
were greatly employed to help control, eradicate and mitigate subsequent/future
occurrences. This brought a significant change to the life style of the community
population. I created awareness throughout the community and its environs.
Furthermore, I organised educated programs for mothers, especially nursing
mothers about the need to make use of clean water when feeding their young
ones. I also volunteered to work in the community health care where I assisted
in counselling, education and minor treatment of affected children.

Regardless of the
significant improvement in the child well-being, there are still national and
international indicators that the child’s health needs to be improved.
According to UNICEF bureau of health statistics in 2017, Statistics shows “that
malnutrition among children under age five has worsened nationwide with the
highest concerns in northern states. It said child wasting rate (children who
are too thin for their age) increased from 24.2 per cent to 31.5 per cent while
child stunting (children who are too short for their age) increased from 34.8
per cent to 43.6 per cent”2. Lack of good drinking water could also
contribute to malnutrition. The above data from UNICEF was obtained between
September 2016 and January 2017 from Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS),
a globally recognised and absolute source of information for assessing the
situation of children and women in the areas of health, nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene
(WASH), education, protection, and HIV & AIDS amongst others.

Hence, an urge has
been created in me to carry out more research on child health in the department
of community and population Health at the University of Saskatchewan; As one of
the top schools who is grossly involve in various research coupled with my
background in Statistics, I am very certain that my desire will be met if I am
given the opportunity. And this will further assist largely in planning,
monitory and presentation of facts and results to address the prevalent issues
in the overall child health and/or well-being.

 

 

 

(1)  National Academy of Science;
accessing and improving child health. copy right 2004 Bookshelf ID NBK92210

 

(2) 
UNICEF, Statistics Bureau; Nigeria infant mortality rate falls. November 16, 2017

 

(3) 
Oseghale
Davidson: My child’s health, my wealth. Oct
2016 , unpublished

 

(4) 
 

    

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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