A lot of interesting bilateral health related initiatives seem to be happening behind the scenes in Nigeria. One is reassured by the beginnings of central coordination. However, one cannot help but worry about the little interest public bodies take in communicating their activities to the public. It is really a pity that public bodies in the Nigerian health sector have not found the benefit in having websites. NAFDAC, is on the news every night …..and at the commercial breaks too. Yet all that is on their website is this. Our Federal Ministry of Health? Send it if you find one…..kudos to some states that are trying…such Akwa Ibom and Lagos …although the content does leave a lot to be desired. Sadly, one more time the quality of the information available from our Ghanian colleagues is humbling…Click here to see and believe.
As part of its support to the Nigerian Government, the UK Department of International Development (DFID) is funding a GBP 19 million five-year programme to revive routine immunisation in northern Nigeria. Routine immunisation rates in the North of Nigeria are some of the lowest in the world, as low as 2% in some communities…and this lofty programme promises that by the end of the programme 60% of infants will have been fully immunized before their first birthday. A real health target that can be measured! Why is this not receiving the publicity it deserves? This is much better and more sustainable approach than the campaigns that we have seen in Nigeria over the past few years. Partners in this project are Save the Children UK and GRID consulting.
Why is publicity important? Because people will only bring their children to be vaccinated if they know that the programme exits, that it is funded, staffed, trusted and dependable. Is their hope for these children?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead
I’ve just discpvered thois weblog and am so proud of what you brothers are doing to promote healthcare awareness. Jisie ike. Keep it up!
Issues of public health get no attention in papers or on tv because the people that control the media and access to it can simply hop on a light to get their health care abroad.
Just in case you didn’t see this from last week –
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Just stumbled upon this webblog while doing some routines at work and you can’t believe my excitement. I am sooooo impressed. Well done and please don’t relent even if the comments or feed-backs don’t roll in regularly.
By the way, I was at UNN (91-95)and the name Ihekwazu sounds familiar, where u at UNN or was one of your parents a professor there?
Ify send email to chikweDOTihekweazuATgmailDOTcom …note use of AT and DOT