Development partners, Wellbeing Foundation Africa and stakeholders in the health sector have taken up the WHO Global Health For All Challenge, which aims to promote healthy lifestyle practices towards the Africa Health Transformation Agenda of the World Health Organisation.
The walk,dance and run along challenge Tagged Abuja Walk the Talk, include a 7.6 kilometer route road walk to promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy populace.
The road walk which started and finished at the Millennium Park, took participants on a 7.6km trek across various streets and had in attendance the World Health Organization Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Health and Wellbeing Foundation Africa with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and over 2,000 residents of Abuja participating in the early morning walk and exercise.
On the occasion WHO country director, Dr Wondi Alemu said measures are being put in place to curtail the spread of Ebola in the country.
According to him “There is risk that Ebola might resurface again in Nigeria ,but there is enough mechanism put in place to curtail the effect.”
“We are collaborating with the Federal Ministry of health , and the National Centre for disease control, to ensure necessary precaution are made to prevent Ebola in the country.
” The walk for Health will be a continuous exercise .We are calling on all Nigerians to engage in exercise on a personal basis ,which should at least be done for three times in a week ,so as to achieve universal health for all in the country”
“Exercise should continue on a personal basis, at least three times a week with a minimum duration of 30 minutes, all year round. This Abuja Walk the Talk road walk is an opportunity to get people to take exercising seriously and practice what we talk about with regards to frequent exercise for healthier life.”
“The walk for Health is an opportunity to personalise the mandate of the Universal health coverage .”This is a new beginning, and we are calling on all Nigerians to take preventive measures to promote their health “Dr Alemu added.
In a remark the Founder Well Being Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki said the walk was aimed at achieving universal health for all .
“With the Abuja Walk the Talk event, we are observing the World Health Organisation’s Health for All challenge, which is a part of the Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ initiative of Putting People First in achieving Universal Health Coverage. It is the first time a country office of the WHO has actually done this walk, and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is delighted to collaborate with the WHO to work towards Universal Health Coverage for all, especially in Nigeria.”
“To stay healthy, I believe everyone should have at least 35 minutes of walking three times a week, as this helps the cardiovascular system, especially with blood circulation. This years’ walk was wonderful with over 2,000 people turning out to partake in the 7.6km walk, and I hope that next year we will have over 20,000 people come out to participate.”Mrs Saraki said.
Mrs Saraki who advised Nigerians to follow the advisory giving out by NCDC in curtailing Ebola in Nigeria also charged them to maintain high level of hygiene both in schools,and in public places.
The event is to raise awareness and profile of the work and goals of WHO and other global health agencies based in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as a global health capital in improving global health.
Launch a global movement to promote health and particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future