AUN Students on Saturday, April 7, marked the World Health Day. It was organized by the Public Health Club and the Student Government Association (SGA).
The AUN celebration featured games, poster making, and recharge cards were won. Staff members also attended. Club President, Reuben Ikape of the Natural and Environmental Science (NES) program, explained that the day was set aside by World Health Organization since 1950 and celebrated to draw attention to the importance of global health.
In line with the theme for the year, “Health for all,” it has become necessary, he said, for the university community to be aware of various health ailments and how to tackle them. He added that “being healthy is not only about staying free from parasites but also staying fit by engaging in physical fitness activities.”
A presenter at the event, Rebecca Wada, English and Literature major, spoke on mental health and advised students to free their minds of negative things. She stressed that social activities, eating well, having enough rest, and keeping in touch with friends to avoid depression, are all measures towards healthy living. She also encouraged students to seek help early by visiting the health center or university psychologist.
Another presenter, Mariyatu Bayero, also of NES, spoke on physical health and encouraged students to eat more of natural foods and vegetables and take adequate water. She stressed the importance of personal hygiene--keeping the body clean to looking your best.
Two participants from NES also shared their views: HULT Prize @ AUN Campus director Muhammad Rabiu Balarabe said, “The event was an avenue to relieve stress, have fun, and learn more”. He applauded the organizers for incorporating both physical and intellectually stimulating games to the event. Okeoghene Uriri said she attended the event to learn more so she can go out and be an ambassador for a healthy lifestyle.
A graduate intern with Residence Life, Ms. Ashley Nchewi, said celebrating World Health Day is highly significant as health is everything. “Good health makes both body and mind to function properly.”
Reported by Noel Sashi