The Federal government has intensified the effort to combat the impact of climate change on health.
The permanent Secretary, Ministy of health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi stated this at a Workshop for health care workers in Abuja.
The workshop was on the Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change and Greening of the Health Sector. Mr. Mashi explained that climate change constituted one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019 as expressed at the World Health Assembly.
He said Healthcare workers could help address the problems of climate change on health through their knowledge on mitigation and adaption.
A health care worker from Bayelsa state, Mr. Ayeo Olomiete, explained that his community had been experiencing flood which displaces families and causing damage to health facilities yearly.
Mr Olomiete said the training Has helped him understand what the problem was, and the right action to take.
WHO estimates that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year globally, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress alone; this was estimated to translate to direct damage costs to health of between USD 2-4 billion per year.
The WHO Nigeria Officer In-Charge, Dr Peter Clement commended the organizers of the training and establishment of climate change officers in the states as a step in the right direction.
He said this would help Nigeria mitigate and adapt to climate change and build resilience of the health sector.
Experts at the workshop highlighted the benefits of greening the health sector; to include: reduction of health care cost through prevention of communicable and non-Communicable diseases and strengthening of inter-sectoral approach towards Universal Health Coverage, UHC.