The 197 th inaugural lecture series of the University of Benin held on the 26 th of April, 2018 at the Akin Deko Auditorium Present at the event. were the Vice- Chancellor of the university Prof F.F.O Orumwense , DVC Administration prof J.O Ehiorobo, DVC Academic prof. E.P Iribhogbe, ,school Liberian represented by
Dr. Obasuyi , past Vice Chancellor of university of Benin Pro.f Oshodi ,Deans, Directors, Professors ,Emeritus Professors, his royal highnesses and top government functionaries, Vice Chancellors from sister university staff and student of the great university of Benin.
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The lecture with exceptional attendance had its topic; Microbes, Man and the Environment: The Constant Interactions, delivered by Prof.FREDERICK OSARO EKHAISE; Professor of Environmental and Public Health Microbiology/Microbial Physiology.
From studies micro biology is said to be the study of microbes and their interactions with humans, animals, plants and the environment
Microbiology started with the invention of the microscope. The English scientist Robert Hooke is credited with being the first person to use a microscope for academic study in the early 1660s. In 1665, Hooke published his landmark book Micrograhia on plant sections, which described the microscope for the first time. Today, it is considered to be a foundation stone in the understanding of Microbiology. Meanwhile, in continental Europe, other scientists such as Marcello Malpighi in Italy and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in the Netherlands used Microscopes to look at animal and plant tissues. He said form studies a number of large scale industrial processes are microbially based; which led to the development of a new discipline.
Microbes <my – crobes> are everywhere. Microbes / microorganisms are those organisms usually too small to be seen with the eyes except with aid of a microscope. Microbes include bacteria, viruses and archaea, also eukaryotes like yeast, protozoa and algae. With this the lecturer said Without microbes, we can neither eat nor breathe Without us, they would be fine. In discussing this we can’t leave the influence microbes has on earth and man “Microbes are everywhere in the Biosphere, that is in the soil, water and air.
Microbes can do anything they want, wherever they want – without microbes, humans would not be alive, with his research so far there are more of them on a person’s hand than there are people on the entire planet. Microbes are in the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the food we eat and they are inside us as well. We cannot digest food without them, Animals cannot either. Without microbes, plants cannot grow, garbage would not decay and there would be a lot less oxygen to breathe. In fact, without these invisible companions, our planet would not survive as we know it today
From the journey so far his interest in the field of Environmental and Public Health Microbiology/Microbial Physiology was as a result of his love for the environment and, his research activities in this special area which spanned through a period of 23 years.
He talked on influence of human activities on the quality of indoor air to highlight some of his research findings on the quality of indoor air in the environment as it is influenced by human activities. Atmospheric pollution is one of the most pressing problems of our age. This pollution has now reached an advanced stage that poses a potential threat to the health and well-being of the populace
Microbial damage of indoor /outdoor area is associated mostly with molds and bacteria, in the environment. Spores of molds and bacteria may become airborne and therefore ubiquitous. The relative humidity / moisture content of the material determine to what extent the different microorganisms are able to grow on indoor/outdoor materials.
Germs thrive in the homes with little or no notice, lots of germs are harmless, many are even good for your health, but you help protect yourself from those that are harmful by observing cleanliness all the time no matter how hard it may seem.
Normally, when people think about germs they think about toilets. But there are other areas where germs are found at home. These include the Kitchen Sinks, Television Remote Controls, Computer Keyboards, Mobile Handsets, Door handles, Toothbrushes, Towels, Salt and Pepper Shakers Others are Beddings (Bed Sheets, Pillows and Pillow cases. The introduction of harmful particulates, biological molecules or chemical molecules into the atmosphere is termed air pollution and it is a major problem that affects man and also poses potential threat to the health and wellbeing of human population.
Focusing on the new health microbiogy which is on the role of inanimate objects in the proliferation of microorganisms of public health interest in the environment. It will interest you to know that, inanimate objects also known as FOMITES play a significant role in the proliferation of microorganisms, therefore complicating human health, especially the infants, elderly and immunocompromised individuals
In conclusion with the topic Microbes, Man and The Environment: The Constant Interactions and his … research findings as enunciated in this lecture with intent to make the environment we live in, a safe and healthy space. “A healthy nation makes a healthy economy”. In order to have a cordial relationship among microbes, man and the environment, there is the dire need for every one of us to make concerted efforts to contribute to the making of our environment of a safe haven, with less microbial health problems.
Microbes, Man and The Environment: The Constant Interactions revealed the potentiality of mineralization of xenobiotics by indigenous microorganisms in the environment into recyclable primary elements such as Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Sulphur and Phosphorus for a safe and healthy environment.
Healthy environment contributes to healthy living and a healthy lifestyle contributes to sustained national development. It is important that all stockholders rise up to the occasion to enhance the environment for a healthy living to reduce potential environmental health risks.
The vice chancellor Prof F.F.O Orumwense cherished the lecturer for the research work and a well delivered lecture. He thereafter garbed Prof . Frederick Osaro Ekhaise with a medal to usher him into the honor roll of the University of Benin Inaugural Lecturer’s