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There’s no substitute to physical exercise— Mulombo



The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday disclosed that there is no substitute  physical exercise especially stressing that “a look at the demographic transition, people are leaving younger and we must adapt to the health system and health issues.”

WHO’s Country Representative to Nigeria (WR), Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo stated this on Saturday in Abuja at the end of a walk to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the WHO, themed “Walk the talk.”

He called on Nigerian government to prioritise health and see it as an enabler to economic development rather than a consumption goal.

According to Mulombo, “health issues are issues of universal human wright and should be treated as such, noting that treating health as an economic enabler will result in Governments’ adherence to the 2001 15% funding pledge made in the Abuja Declaration.”

He further added that, “We look towards the world where health issues will be treated as human wright, we look at the world where no child will miss a vaccine, we look at the world where no adult or adolescent would miss a vaccine to help him grow better.

“We look at the world where health issues are also considered the same way we consider security issue and peace and developmental issues. It is aspiration, but with the Constituency of WHO, it would be possible including Nigeria.”

Mulombo also emphasised the need to ensure regular exercise especially as there is a change in demographics, as nothing can beat physical exercise.

He said: “We are here to remind the world through our “walk the talk”, that it is not about what we did in the last 75 years, but it is about what we would do in the next 75years.

“It is not about last 5 years, it is about what we would do for the world in the next 5 years. It is not about yesterday, it is about tomorrow and the future.

Also speaking, UN Director, Ronald Kayanja, in a similar submission said exercise helps to improve life expentancy, deal with a number of diseases to include pandemics and the disease.

Kayanja explained that a minimum of 30 minutes exercise trice a week is important for every human being, especially as humans are regularly transiting demographically.

“As our work continues to change, we are no longer in the farms manynof us are in the offices we don’t do a lot of exercise and that leads to difficulties so this walk is to celebrate WHO and to show one of the priorities of he organisation of ensuring people do physical exercises to limit the orevalence of non communicable diseases.”

He congratulated goverments agencies, partners, research institutes and other stakeholders whom through their various collaborations made it possible for WHO to succeed around the world.


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