A one day forum was held by the Directorate of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, with media practitioners to discuss issues concerning the coordination of health communication interventions in The Gambia. The event took place on the 5th February, 2013 at the Central Medical Store in Kotu.
Health experts used the opportunity to raise concerns over the effects of traditional healing, especially to the eyes of patients, and also sought ways to put mechanisms in place which are aimed at regulating their activities within the ethics of the medical profession.
Mr. Modou Njai, the Director of DHPE, said the media cannot be left behind in terms of spreading health messages to the general public. He said that everything that has been discussed during the meeting would be put into account and serve as the operational guidelines for them.
Mr. Momodou Jallow, the Programme Manager at DHPE, said their partnership with the media is aimed at helping and informing the general public to take care of their own health.
Mr. Jallow added that the partnership been the media would be vital because 80% of the population receive their health messages through the radio and other medias outlets. He stressed the importance of the need for support from the media to be partners with them. He also spoke of the need for workshops to be organised to enable health workers and media to share ideas.
Other speakers included Rohey Njie, Health Promotion Officer and Omar Badjie, Programme Manager Non-Communicable Diseases at the Health Ministry.