CU Health Centre Set for a Disease Prevention and Control Unit
The Covenant University Health Centre, in collaboration with the University’s Medical Research Team, is set to launch a Disease Prevention and Control Centre. In a presentation to the University’s management on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the team enumerated the benefits of the venture to the University and its community.
While making the presentation, Dr. Adetola Abayomi, a representative of the Covenant University Health Centre, stated that the first phase of the programme would involve integrating health promotion and disease prevention into everyday practice, developing a health team, care coordination and system navigation. He described the next stage as that of delivering health promotion and disease prevention programs, patient education and self-care, outreach activities, screening - especially for early cancer detection, and follow-up programmes.
Speaking on the benefits of the centre to the University and the community at large, Dr. Abayomi said that the centre would assist in promoting public health and disease prevention, quality health maintenance for sustaining healthy living and promote workplace health and wellness. He also added that it would reduce work-place absenteeism and time loss due to sickness.
“The centre would also equip our current facility to better prevent and combat epidemics, thereby reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases. The initiative would help in building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments and strengthening community action,” Dr. Abayomi stated.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, appreciated Dr. Adetola Abayomi and the entire medical team for their efforts and expressed excitement at the prospects of the initiative. He insisted, contrary to differing opinions, that disease prevention through early screenings as well as early diagnosis would lead to early and more effective treatment.
The Vice-Chancellor described the programme as a platform from which the University can encourage its various departments to engage in research. However, he stated the importance of confidentiality in the exercise to prevent breaching the privacy of patients.
Also present at the meeting were Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Adebayo Oladehinbo; Chief Medical Officer, Covenant University Health Centre, Dr. Chukwunonso Anigbogu; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Shalom Chinedu; other Covenant University faculty in active research and a member of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.