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NPHCDA honors health reporters

One of the awardee, Radio Nigeria’s Manager News, Maureen Eke, who was awarded “outstanding reporter of the year.”

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has honoured selected health reporters who have distinguished themselves in the reportage of activities of the agency.

To this end, the agency gave awards to the deserving reporters, at its maiden media awards 2021, in Abuja.

One of the awardees is our Manager News, Maureen Eke, who was awarded “National Primary Health Care Development Agency outstanding reporter of the year.”

Addressing the health journalists in Abuja, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuiab expressed profound gratitude to the reporters for their commitment and support towards the eradication of the wild poliovirus in the country.

Dr Faisal said the doggedness of the journalists in the national response to COVID-19, especially the ongoing Covid 19 vaccination and other PHC services in Nigeria was highly commendable.

According to him, health reporters have in the last one year and beyond demonstrated an uncommon commitment to informing and educating the public on the activities and programmes of the NPHCDA.

Dr Faisal described health journalists media advocacy in the face of Covid-19 as unprecedented which build peoples confidence in the efforts of the Federal Government on Covid-19.

He described the resilient spirit of the health reporters, as next to none, having been among the frontline workers to take Covid vaccination, a step that equally built the confidence of Nigerians on the ongoing Covid- 19 vaccination.

The ED of NPHCDA also attributed the increasing number of vaccinated people and the high uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination to the sensitisation of the media.

In a remark, Chairman, FCT chapter of NUJ, Mr Emmanuel Oguche appreciated NPHCDA for honouring the health reporters and their contributions to the fight against Covid 19.

The high point of the award ceremony was a standing ovation by all the staff of the NPHCDA, in appreciation of the health reporters.

Reporting by Maureen Eke; editing by Abdullahi Lamino