Today’s discussion identified four major contributory factors to poor community health among others. These four factors are in the fore-front in community health breakdown. They directly lead to physical sickness among the community dwellers.
Environment: The breakdown of health in an individual resulted from human activities that violate nature’s dictate. The environment comprise the air we breath, the trees around us, the water bodies, animals, non-living things etc.
From creation, there has been healthy coexistence between nature and human beings. Until the industrial age when modernization tends to disrupt the cohesion through sophisticated human involvement. Today we talk about global warming, climate change and the like, which are directly resulting from adverse abuse of human activities on the environment such as deforestation, gas flaring from homes and industries, various forms of pollution. All these hazardous substances in the environment, directly affect human health and well being. for example, most of the cases of interstitial lung disease such as fibrosis, Asbestosis, pneumoconiosis, and possible lung cancers resulted from primary or secondary inhalation of toxic gaseous substances in the environment.If we can control and maintain a healthy balance in nature, the rate at which people become sick will be reduce.
Social interaction: In the community, social cohesion is of high importance as it unit the people and keep them together. factors such as language, family structure, ethnicity create in the community dweller, a deep sense of belonging and social security. It encourage sharing of commodities and free communication. When people understand themselves they freely trust one another than a stranger.
The positive impart of association affect their health also since they can easily discuss the health challenge they are facing to someone who understands them and could help in their own way. Generally speaking, i have had cases where a woman remain sick in the house without seeking help just because she has no close relation to fall back on in her most vulnerable time. Social interaction and networking has been a vital tool in psychological therapy till date. Just talking to someone who care to listing to what you have to say, has the ability to calm a worrying soul.
Education: No community can develop without quality education – both formal and informal. The rate at which a community grows directly inform the actual educated people living in it. Although, what we see this day is the opposite. When the mind of people are enlightened towards what make a healthy society, they work tirelessly to achieve and maintain good health at all cost. When majority of the community dwellers are well informed about how sickness came about, the behavior that affect their health negatively and practices that endangered the community well being, they will work to adjust their behaviors to stay healthy. As a matter of fact policies will be made to check defaulters.
For instance,no sensible people fully aware of the consequences of air pollution on both man, animal, plant and other non-living component of the community will continue in the activities that pose danger to their health. on a serious note, education mean so much than mere drugs as education is preventive and drug is therapeutic. it is always better to prevent a disease from striking than waiting to treat it after it strikes.
Leadership: The concept of leadership is one of the most talked-about issues in the world. Leadership simply means influencing someone to do or believe something. A leader is someone who is in charge of other people. I personally have issues with leaders who occupy positions at various levels in the community without recognizing the responsibilities attached to such positions. Leadership in a community is meant to direct the way that lead to development. It’s supposed to be an instrument that create a healthy community. It’s meant to be a source of peace and security, but the reverse is the case in our community today. Most communities are destroyed for deform leadership. Those who assume office become sectional, tribalistic and inaccessible. They see the people they are to lead as threat to their existence as leaders that they must eliminate them.
Leadership in the community has created serious agitation and people are now protesting against one another, yelling for separation and independent existence. The community has experience setback as the very foundation of togetherness, unity and sharing of common purpose have been destroyed. One is push to ask which way to go? as the essence of meaningful coexistence has eluded us. Our leadership pattern created more rancor, fighting, grieve than ever before. people no longer trust their head. They prefer and believe a stranger than their leader. What a surprise!
When leaders become ant under the cloth of their subject, what can the subject do than to put off the cloth to regain freedom. Furthermore, any community that has no confident in her leader or respect for her head is in no way different from a jungle where there is no respect for human feelings and rights. The bad state of health development our community faces today is majorly traceable to poor leadership. You can order my book titled” Leaders’ first mirror” for more insight on leadership that command followership.