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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Minister urges Nigerians to invest in afforestation for healthy living

Minister urges Nigerians to invest in afforestation for heal

Dr Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has urged Nigerians to increase investment in afforestation, noting that it as critical towards building a healthy environment for a healthy living.

Mahmoud made the call in Abuja on Wednesday, at an event organised to commemorate the 2024 World Family Doctors’ Day.

The minister, who was represented by Dr Abdullahi Kauranmata, her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, urged Nigerians to embrace afforestation against deforestation for its numerous benefits, adding that the health of the people is largely dependent on the status of the planet.

She said that the theme, “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” was timely and strategic, considering the importance of family doctors in any society.

“The contribution of family physicians to the healthcare system, especially in providing basic services is commendable.

“Most of the healthcare burden of Nigerian families are handled by the family physicians who are trained to handle all manner of diseases.

“A well-trained family physician is expected to perform and assist in routine surgeries, provide emergency care, vaccinate patients to prevent and treat diseases, perform patient advocacy roles, and coordinate or manage primary patient care amongst other services,” she said.

She called on family physicians to continue to support President Bola Tinubu to actualise his “Renewed Hope” agenda and pledged the FCT Administration’s continued support to family physicians.

 

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