By Hassan Zaggi
The Officer in –Charge, World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria, Dr Clement Lugala Peter, has advocated for regular exercises in order to live healthy lives.
He stated this while responding to questions from Journalists at the second edition of the Abuja Walk the Talk with the theme: “The Health for All Challenge.”
The Abuja Walk the Talk was organised with the main aim of raising awareness about Universal Health Coverage (UCH).
The Walk the Talk is also part of the activities leading to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting on UHC to be held in New York on the 23 September 2019.
The first edition of the Walk the Talk which took place on May 18, 2018, attracted over 2 000 participants
According to Dr. Clement: “The walk today is successful. We have achieved a lot. The participation from the government, UN agencies and the private sector is very high.
“What we need to do is to make sure that we sustain this walk and make sure that it is something that we can do monthly. This will make us to live healthy in this country.”
He, however, applauded those who participated in the walk including those who contributed one thing or the other to make it a success.
Speaking, the wife of the former Senate President, Toyin Saraki, challenged Nigerians to imbibe the habit of walking at least 35 minutes three times in a week.
She noted that the benefits of regular exercises to the health of individuals are numerous.
“It curbs diabetes, it curbs heart disease, it curbs obesity and it generally makes you feel much better, she stressed.
Mrs Saraki further noted that: “I am really happy to be here for the second edition of Abuja walk the talk in conjunction with the WHO, the federal ministry of health and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.
“This has been an extremely successful edition.
“Last year we had over 4,000 persons walk, ran and some few exercises, this year I think we have about 6,500.
“I am delighted to support Dr. Tedross’s mission in the walk the talk challenge, this has gone across the world. I hope Nigeria is the biggest but next year we will do even better than this.”