ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE IN NIGERIA
A GENERAL OVERVIEW
Keywords:Environmental Health, Sanitary Inspectors, Public Health Superintendent, Environmental Health Management
This paper examined the emergence and practice of Environmental Health Profession in Nigeria over the years. It explored the challenges militating against growth of the profession. These include the politicalization of public health profession and the need for higher education for Environmental Health Officers. The professionalization of Environmental Health and establishment of their Registration Council Act of 2005 was commended. The paper advocates for further efforts at true professionalization of the cadre in Nigeria. It was also recommended that the fallow grounds of Environmental Management in Nigeria should be mitigated by Environmental Health Officers, who should in addition, be more focused in discharging their duties and must live above the vices of corruption and poor attitude to work that characterize Nigerian society.