Journalists end training in health reporting

A group of journalist

A group of journalist

A two-day media training on reporting on Primary Health Care (PHC) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) ended in Accra yesterday, with a call on the government to ensure that all health interventions address the health needs of the public.

The workshop was attended by about 20 journalists from selected media houses in Accra.

Organised by the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) it created a platform for the journalists to learn new ways on primary health care and universal health coverage reportage to keep Ghana focused on attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Ms Vicky Okine, Executive Director of ARHR said there was an urgent need for consistent reportage on PHC to assess the government’s commitment towards attaining affordable and accessible health care for all.

Primary Health Care is essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology, made universally accessible to people through their full participation and it is cost effective.

“PHC calls for the integration of health services into the process of community development, a process that requires political commitment; inter-sectoral collaboration, and multidisciplinary involvement for success,” she said.

She stated that there was a need for the media to interrogate information on health policies to produce stories that will challenge authorities and have positive impact on society.

She expressed that it was crucial to highlight the gaps between policy and practice in order to find solutions that would best solve them.

According to her, PHC and UHC should be highlighted as the pathway to achieving health for all and equity, adding that, “no one is left behind.”

Mrs Okine stressed on the need for measures to be put in place to access quality health care and tackle issues that prevent people from getting quality health care.

Mrs Rosemary Ardayfio, an editor of the Graphic Communications Group who schooled participants on how to effectively report on PHC and UHC encouraged the media to be more factual in their reportage.

She said the media must write stories that would have an impact on the society and also solve problems of the society.

She tasked the media to hold the government accountable on the health policies they formulate for the public and desists from politicising issues in favour of their political affiliation.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey




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