By Samuel Hinneh

Media practitioners and stakeholders who will be covering the eight edition of West African Health Conference and Exhibition in Nigeria (WAH Nigeria 2012) would have the benefit of getting comprehensive medical checks, says the organisers of the event.



The organisers of the event have also announced that the journalists will have the opportunity to take home sphygmometer, and other medical devices designed for home use.

The journalists will have the rare opportunity to be checked for various medical conditions, especially those that have become issues of public health concern.

The Exhibition Coordinator of WAH 2012, Mr Solomon Sobade, while disclosing this in a statement, said the journalists would be screened for cardiovascular diseases, kidney and liver function, HIV, malaria, among others.

?Journalists in West Africa and for that matter in Nigeria have become endangered specie of professionals because they are exposed to various degrees of risks that compromise their total well-being,? Sobade said.

According to him, the media has and would continue to play critical role in the general health and by implication, wealth of the country and continent, but added that this could only be done effectively if the practitioners are in perfect state of health themselves.

On the reason behind making the free screenings, which ordinarily would cost some fortune, Sobade said, ?It is common knowledge that media practitioners in the country and Africa as a whole are not well remunerated. So it is usually a huge challenge for them to pool resources from their meagre salaries together against other competing needs to do medical checks. We only see them run to the hospitals when they are down.?

He said WAH Nigeria 2012 marks a return to Nigeria, as the last edition was hosted at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana.

He said a special media training session on medical and health conference coverage would also take place during the event which will be held from September 5-7, 2012 at the new Expo Centre of Eko Hotel and Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Already, hundreds of high-profile health institutions, laboratories, medical equipment investors, consultants, representatives of governments have confirmed places at the event that would be hosted by Nigeria?s minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu.


Source:??Samuel Hinneh


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