Care of the well and the sick: Impacting lives, a multitude at a time

Ijadunola, Kayode Thadius (2019-07-23)



Mr. Vice Chancellor Sir, Principal Officers of the University, my Distinguished Colleagues from within and outside our University, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. I stand before you today in immense gratitude to God Almighty and the University community for the privilege and honour to present the 341st Inaugural lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, here in the main bowl of the Oduduwa Hall. This is the 8th in the Inaugural lecture series from the Department of Community Health, coming after those of such great scholars as Professors C. Adeniyi-Jones, Taiwo Daramola, Delana A. Adelekan, Ebenezer O. Ojofeitimi, Adesegun O. Fatusi, Adedeji A. Onayade and Emmanuel A. Abioye-Kuteyi. It is titled “The Care of the Well and the Sick: Impacting Lives, a Multitude at a Time”. Such a title is not uncommon for someone of my background and discipline, because as Public Health Scientists, and community Physicians, we are not only concerned about the health of the sick person, we are even more often concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the well. Public Health, as was most widely defined by Winslow (1920), is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations (public and private), communities and individuals”