Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Inaugurated its One Health team on Friday 25th February, 2022 at The College of Health Sciences Board room.
The meeting was Chaired and inaugurated by the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof Babatope Kolawole, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Prof Morenike Ukpong, a member of the One Health Team.
The special guest of honour was Prof. F. A. Adesina, Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Central Office of Research represented by Prof. S. O. Oseni, the Director, University Research Office, and a member of the One Health Team.
Other team members include Professor Anthony. O. Onipede, Department of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology who leads the Team and Dr Olufemi Aluko, Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Community Health who serves as the Secretary. Other members are Prof S. Idowu Ola and Dr. Bukola O. Oyebanji of the Department of Animal Sciences; Dr B. Odetoyin and Dr. B.O. Olopade of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology, Dr. O. Sowemimo of the Department of Zoology, and Dr. T. Adeyanju of the Department of Community Health, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex.
One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach - working at local, national and global levels – to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes, recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. It can also be viewed as an approach towards designing, signing, and implementing programs, policies, legislations, and research in a systematic and integrative manner for optimal health outcomes.
Globally, the threat of infectious diseases, particularly emerging infectious diseases, originating at the human-animal-environment interface, has caught health systems off guard.
Emergence and re-emergence of diseases such as Lassa fever, Avian influenza, and Ebola and Corona viral diseases, which threatened socio-economic disruption, have heightened the need for inter-sectoral coordination/collaboration. There is also the need to support national and local multi-sectoral emergency preparedness.
The One Health Team initiative in OAU, is for the first time, promoting interactions among researchers in the College of Health Sciences, as well as in the Faculties of Agriculture, Pharmacy and Science. This should foster integrative and systems’ thinking in the global One Health Research & Development agenda for the benefit of humanity, animals, environment, and the ecosystem as a whole.
The primary aim of the team is to provide research-based evidence to drive the implementation of the 2019-2023 National One Health Strategic Plan. Another major aim is to connect with global stakeholders and institutions driving the One Health agenda. Already, links have been established with the Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT), Oklahoma State University, USA, as well as the Humanimal Trust, United Kingdom.
One of the efforts in this direction is to work with the Oklahoma State University to implement a MoU that promises to strengthen capacities for course integration of One Health for the different disciplines and cadre of manpower development engaged in all the interfaces of health at the university. Furthermore, the overall impact of this MoU will enhance the capacity of the One Health Team at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, to lead cutting edge research on pathogen genomics and molecular diagnostics.
Inauguration of the OAU Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy
The inauguration of Anti-Sexual Harassment (ASH) policy document of Obafemi Awolowo University took place on the 25th of August, 2021. Many dignitaries graced the occasion. The special guests of honour for the day were their Excellencies, the First Lady of the State of Osun, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola & the First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi. The special guests of honour were accompanied by wives of commissioners and other dignitaries.
The Vice Chancellor joined on Zoom to present his welcome address at the occasion. The two Deputy Vice Chancellors – Prof. Olubola Babalola (DVC academic) & Prof. O.M.A Daramola (DVC Administration) were in attendance. Deans of faculties, directors/heads of units/departments were also in attendance. Also in attendance were academic & non-academic members of staff of the University, different union leaders on campus, students, health centre staff and other well-wishers.
Dr. Mapayi set the ball rolling at the occasion by giving the audience reason for the gathering. The main speech was delivered by Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade, who emphasized the need for the creation of an enabling working and learning environment devoid of any form of sexual harassment for both staff & students.
There were also presentations by Campus Pal by Gender Mobile on how to report sexual harassment cases. Hotline presentation was also done by Campus Health & Rights Initiative (CHRI). The departments of Drama & Music brightened the occasion with drama & music presentations. Her Excellency, the First Lady of the State of Osun, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola gave goodwill message. Some others that gave goodwill messages were Dr. Monica Orisadare, the immediate past Acting Director, Centre for Gender, union leaders and female students’ representative among others.
The presentation of the policy was done by her Excellency, the First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, who also emphasized the ills of sexual harassment & other related anti-social behaviour. Thereafter, pictures were taken with the special guests of honour and the meeting came to a close at about 3pm.
*Below are some of the pictures taken during the inauguration ceremony
Distribution of the Policy Documents
Since the inauguration of the ASH policy, copies of the policy documents have been distributed across the University. Copies have been taken to all Faculty boards at their meetings between the 6th& 9th September, to be distributed to academic and non-academic staff members across the departments in each faculty. Other units/directorates and centres that have been served with copies of the policy document include – the University Health Centre, the Post-graduate college, the security unit, the Library, Bursary, Budgeting, Pension Desk office, ATSE, ACSE, the registry, the directorate of Academic Affairs (DAA), Corporate services, STDU, IFEDS, CTLW, IPTTO, Central Office of Research (COR), offices, OAU International & Staff Schools, the religious centres on campus among others. Other sections of the University community yet to be served with the copies of the policy document include – the Centre for Distance learning (CDL), the University & private halls of residence, the University Press, Maintenance unit, OAU water, the cleaning services, Okada riders, New Buka & New Market.
Date: 20th April, 2021.
Venue: FLOOR “O”, Secretariat Building. OAU Campus.
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