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MEDICAL EXPERT ADVOCATES SEXUAL HEALTH TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

MEDICAL EXPERT ADVOCATES SEXUAL HEALTH TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI

 

The Principal Medical Officer, (PMO), Federal University of Technology Minna, Dr Salami Tijani has advocated that adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health practices must be supported by all people in the society irrespective of traditional, religious or cultural interference.

 

He said, doing so would provide access to comprehensive sexuality education, services to prevent, diagnose and treat Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) that are common in the society.

 

Dr. Tijjani stated this in an interview with our Correspondent on Tuesday 5th November 2019.

 

He said, the World Health Organization (WHO) define Sexual Health as a state of physical, emotional, social and mental well-being not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity, stressing that,  we can not achieve a good record on sexual health without looking at Respect and Protection of human rights.

 

The Medical Expert noted that “It suffice to say sexual rights embrace certain human rights that are already recognized in International and Regional human rights documents.

 

“According to WHO these rights include, Rights to equality and non-discrimination, Rights to be free from torture, cruelty, Inhumane or degrading treatment and The right to privacy.

 

“Others are the rights to the highest attainable standard of health and social security, The rights to marry and to be found a family with free, full consent to the intending spouses and to equality in and at dissolution of marriage, The right to decide the number and spacing of children, The right to freedom of opinion/expression and full right to effective remedy of fundamental human rights”

 

He however expressed sadness with the rise in cases of sexual assault and abuse in the society, and urged for urgent and pragmatic steps to be taken by government and other stakeholders to curb the menace.

 

Dr. Tijjani explained that for a long time now, the society has been designed and skewed to protect the strong and powerful, but for us to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), efforts must be put in place to protect the weak and vulnerables, especially the girl child.

 

He pointed out that most of our programs directed to achieve a remarkable record on sexual health and rights are Reactive: From prosecution of culprits who abuse women to building of orphanage homes.

 

While admitting that this efforts are necessary and commendable, we will only get more results, if our efforts are proactive and preventive.

 

He therefore proposed for all inclusiveness and strong advocacy for   Reproductive Health and Sexual rights to become part of our college curriculum and Community Health based campaigns, as according to him, this community health based campaign will help to disrupt some of the anti-sexual practices and ideologies within the community and prevent some of the adolescence negative health behavior

 

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