Journalists have been advised to always go for medical checks to ensure they are in good health condition while carrying out their duties.
Dr Mansur Liman, Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, gave the advice during a medical outreach for all journalists in the Federal Capital Territory at Radio House in Abuja.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ FRCN Headquarters Chapel organized the medical outreach in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists, ANHEJ, and an NGO, Excellent Leadership For Sustainable Development and Good Governance.
The Director General, represented by the Secretary Legal, Dr David Angbazo, declared the event open and explained that the health of every journalist was critical to their effectiveness on the job.
He commended the Union and urged them to sustain the efforts.
In an welcome address, the Chairperson of the NUJ FRCN Headquarters Chapel, Comrade Sandra Udeike pointed out that most journalists were usually very busy and sometimes neglect their health, which according to her could be detrimental.
Comrade Udeike gave an assurance that the Union would continue to strive for the welfare of it’s members at all times.
The President, Association of Nigerian Health Journalists, ANHEJ, Mr Hassan Zaggi said the aim of the outreach was to reduce incidences of untimely deaths and avoidable emergencies and other hazards journalists go through while performing their duties.
While giving a talk on Cancer, a representative of an International NGO, OCI Foundation, Dr Fatima Anga, harped on the need for early cancer screenings and tests for early detection and treatment.
The Executive Director of Excellent Leadership For Sustainable Development and Good Governance, an NGO, Dr Eunice Bosua said her organization would ensure that the event happens annually.
There were checks for sugar level, blood pressure, hepatitis B and eye examination.
Reporting by Sandra Udeike; Editing by Chinasa Ossai