Over the years several factors have been used to measure the health of a community, such indices as maternal mortality, infant mortality, perinatal mortality etc.These statistical indices only measure the outcome of a dysfunctional health in a community rather than assess what lead to such bridge of community health status.
In this discussion, i will be talking about four interruptive elements to be measured that reflect the state of poor health in the community. At the end of the discussion you will discover that the real contributory factors to healthy community is often undermined as we focus on the outcome of a process and not on the process itself.
Let me say here that community health is a complex subject that has its root in all human activities and interactions. We can only measure efficiently when we consider it entirety. However, the following indices serve as the new metric for community health;
- Advancement of community people’s aspiration; the health of a community is dependent on the health of individuals that make up the community. Like any organization, no community can develop or grow past her members. In assessing community development and growth, it’s wise to determine how many persons in the community have their fortune positively changed over a period of time. How many of the community members(male and female) who wanted to learn a trade actually achieve them through enhance policies and favorable economy. How many persons who wanted to start, advance and complete a career achieve them? How many persons who wanted to loss weight actually did? How many persons who wanted to engage in community service actually did? How best can one measure community health than objectively looking for the people’s aspirations that are met over time. It’s been observed that aspiration accomplished make the soul healthy. A healthy soul produces a healthy and energetic body. When the community dwellers are aided to achieve their goals and plans, they in turn create a healthy atmosphere for healthy living.
- Satisfy the basic need of the people; every community has its basic need, in as much as there exist diversities of individual’s need. For instance, all communities need basic health facility, means of transportation( either by road, air, water), source of quality water, toilet facility, electricity, good shelter, education, employment and many more. In the real sense of it, all these basic need should be met for people in the community to have a sense of well being. When a community lack any of the basic things that improve living condition and enhance health, there’s bound to be serious health challenge in the community.
- Maintenance of health status; maintaining health requires both knowledge and effort. Some people argue that it is expensive to stay healthy. Whatever is the case, maintaining health requires some knowledge and a lot of personal effort, including actively ensuring that one follow certain healthy lifestyle and behavioral adjustment. For example, To stay fit you need to exercise regularly and watch strictly the quality and quantity of food you take, take more vegetables, fruits and water.
- Protection of life and property; it is sad to mention that human killing is no longer frown at in the society today. We now live in community where men take blood bath, beheaded fellow humans at the applause of other men. Public and private properties are destroyed at will at the slighted provocation. Now let me ask you this question: do you know the number of suicide, sudden death, preventable sicknesses that emanate from such practice? Our community is perpetually in a state of unrest, gun battle between rival cult groups, incessant rubbery and kidnapping. Death toll now become head line news in our national news. All these activities in no way contribute to health rather they deteriorate it. community members yell for a save heaven where they can hide and stay in peace. Peace is now a scarce commodity, an option in high demand. We need to protect the community for the health of those who live in it.
Conclusively, when we measure accurately those factors outline above we are on a high way to enjoying better health.