The Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Prof Francis Eze has described malaria as a scourge that is given little attention, adding that it has gone a long way in killing and maiming individuals who were ignorant of its potentency.
Prof Eze made this disclosure during the making of the 2018 International Congress on Health Sciences and Technology with the theme: “Innovative Technologies For Disease Prevention And Wellness Promotion” organized by the institution.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Prof Ndukwe maintained that following the rapid increase of deaths as a result of malaria disease, the institution has designed a blue print geared towards producing a sustainable anti-malaria drug that would erase the killer disease in the entire African continent.
According to him, due to the low attention accorded to the killer disease in the society, malaria has continued to ravage the society, and described a healthy life as a boost to a better nation.
He further maintained that since he assumed office as the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, he has been able to put in place various infrastructural projects aimed at raising the standard of the institution, adding that the relationship between the school and the host community has improved drastically.
In her address, the Congress President and Dean, School of Health Technology, Prof Evangeline Oparaocha said that 2018 congress was to provide the platform to critically examine, discuss, evaluate and profer solutions to discovering local innovative approaches to address the fundamental health problems of a developing nation.
She pointed out that the burden of disease outbreak, how to find appropriate health technologies that would help to enhance disease prevention and promote wellness has become a disturbing case, regretting that part of the cause was the less attention people pay to cleanliness around their surroundings.
Prof Oparaocha therefore expressed bitterness that the present generation has out rightly abandoned routine exercise, which according to her, the forefathers used as a veritable platform to burn off excess fat suspected to be the root cause of cardiovascular disorders.
She however wondered how the future generation of the country would look like if there was no conscious effort by experts and scientists in the public health to address the current issue of disease prevention and wellness promotion, describing it as sacrosanct aimed at working in synergy with healthy life and economic development.
The event attracted scholars from various institutions among whom was the Keynote Speaker, Prof Hakeem Babatunde Fawehinmi of University of Portharcourt.