Nigerians have been warned against self medication and drug abuse in the interest of their health.
An academic supervisor at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Salaudeen Adekunle gave the warning at Oko-Ode in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State during a health programme organized by Masters of Public Health Students on field posting.
Dr Adekunle, who enumerated side effects of self-medication, advised the people to always patronize health centres for medical assistance, rather than administering drugs to themselves without doctors’ prescription.
He thanked the people of Oko-Ode for their understanding and cooperation with the medical students.
Earlier, in a health talk, one of the students, Dr Aibinuomo Toyosi explained that the programme was to educate the people on better sanitation, family planning, exclusive breastfeeding and vaccination of children among others.
Dr Aibinuomo who spoke extensively on family health, identified malaria as the major health challenge facing people at the rural areas due to poor environmental sanitation.
Dr Okafor Stephen and Dr Adeyemi Bashirat also students delivered lecture on personal hygiene and exclusive breastfeeding.
They advised Oko-Ode community to ensure active participation in the existing health programmes in their area and work towards sustaining them.
The Olodu of Odu-Oko-Ode, Oba Salaudeen Adeyanju Adeyemi expressed happiness over the health programme, saying that it exposed his people to basic health tips and thanked the students for their efforts.
Oba Adeyanju Adeyemi advised his people to be cautious of their health and abide by medical advice at all times.
The health programme by the medical students on six weeks field posting a featured demonstration of proper hands washing, free medical check-up and medication.