Growing human susceptibility to killer diseases has brought to the fore the need for holistic measures to curb the menace. Statistics from health bodies around the world indicate that the entire human race is, more than ever before, endangered by frequent disease outbreaks. Threats from new bacterial and viral diseases are common with the breaking of each day. For instance, while the world was still battling to prevent and control the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, the world woke up in 2016 to hear the news of Zika virus (a viral disease that could be transmitted by mosquitoes). This does not, in any way, diminish the threats posed by Human Papiloma Virus (HPV), Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, Cancer, Cholera, Avian Flu, Polio, and other sexually transmitted disease. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for some of these diseases. This has left everything entirely to prevention. Unarguably, prevention is a function of the awareness and knowledge levels of individuals about a particular disease or health concern. Therefore, this course aims at raising the awareness and knowledge level of students on certain health issues in their environment and around would. They will also acquire basic health skills required to survive an increasingly health risk society.
Through this course, students will understand how to design health campaigns that will lead to change in attitude and behavior.
- Teacher: Okwudiri Ekwe