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NSPHDA partners media to promote PHC service delivery

By Francis Nansak

The Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) has sought the support of journalists to enable it achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Executive Chairman of NPHDA, Dr. Mohammed Usman Adis, made the appeal on Thursday when  members of the Correspondents Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council, visited the agency in Lafia.
Dr Usman Adis, maintained that the media play a vital role in public enlightenment, especially in reaching those at the grassroots with information that would improve their health and wellbeing.
According to him, the agency needs the collaboration of the media to project its activities in providing healthcare services to the people of the state.
“We have several instances where dignitaries have told us that we do not publicise what we do in the state. One of such persons is the Sultan of Sokoto when he visited us here.
“We know that we have not been having interface with the media but I want to assure you that with my second coming to the office, we will strengthen the synergy and engage media to push the goal of universal healthcare through enlightenment,” he said.
The Executive Chairman further stated that the agency was open to constructive criticism from the media saying, “drawing our attention to mistakes and errors will bring about positive changes and better healthcare service delivery.
“We are all humans. We are not perfect. We have our challenges. We have our strength. We also have our weaknesses and we urge you all wherever you see our weaknesses, draw our attention. We will be ready to make amend.”
On her part, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to governor of Nasarawa state on Health matters, Princess Margaret Elayo, appealed to the media to always ensure that they explore all angles whenever there is the need for certain answer, where the chairman could not be reach, before going to the press.
She also posited that rushing to the press with a negative report is not always in the best interest of development, instead it gives a bad image to the system, state and the country.
Earlier, Mr. Isaac Ukpoju, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, said that the essence of the visit was to build a stronger relationship with the agency for the development of the primary healthcare sector in the state.
Ukpoju, while congratulating the Executive Chairman on his reappointment as head of the agency, pledged the union’s support to enable him succeed.

Written by ExpressDay

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