A seminar was organized on the basis of a joint collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Information with a view to raising the awareness of media personnel as regards health issues.
Asmara, 25 December 2013 – A seminar was organized on the basis of a joint collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Information with a view to raising the awareness of media personnel as regards health issues.
The seminar in which a total of 35 media professionals took part was conducted at the Ministry of Information, and a number of study papers were presented at the meeting focusing on the prevalence of popular awareness regarding communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The seminar participants discussed a number of health issues including harmful customary practices, nutrition, environmental hygiene, proper use of drugs, the status of malaria in the Homeland, psychiatric service, antenatal and postnatal care, as well as sexual violence. Moreover, they noted the importance of exerting more efforts as regards promoting mother and child health, and additional briefings were given to this end targeting ways and means of dealing with the prevailing challenges.
Mr. Amanuel Girmatsion, Head of training and communications in the Ministry of Health, disclosed that the seminar seeks reinforcement of media role in line with the Ministry’s vision and promotional strategies.
Among the participant reporters, Mr. Saleh Mohammed Omar, Ms. Asha Mohammed and Ms. Hawa Ismail noted the vitality of the seminar pertaining to their journalistic pursuits relating to the domain.
In closing remarks, Mr. Gebremichael Tesfazgi, Head of health promotion in the Ministry, pointed out that various health programs have witnessed positive impact thanks to the collaboration of stakeholders, and that the accomplishments registered in connection with the Millennium Development Goals attest to this. He further lauded the input of national media organs in this regard.