A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Nigeria Health Watch has called on various stakeholders in Niger State to team up together so as to tackle misinformation in the health sector.
While making this call at a one day workshop on Wednesday in Minna tagged: Niger State Misinformation Management Project Dissemination Workshop organized by the Nigeria Health Watch, the Director of Programs, NHW, Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye said the essence for the synergy is to serve as reliable sources of accurate health information.
Speaking during her remarks, Dr. Agbaoye called on media practitioners, health workers, religious and community leaders, Ward Health Development Committees, and traditional medicine vendors to synergize to dish out the right information to save lives.
According to her “I want to call on all stakeholders in the state to come together and manage health misinformation.
“We must focus on how to tackle the grave consequences of health misinformation and its impact on public health in Nigeria and Niger state in particular.”
Also, the Program Coordinator, Nigeria health watch, Abara Erim charged participants to always avail themselves as reliable sources for accurate health information.
He charged the participants to engage in community outreach programs to educate residents, and to establish local networks to address the spread of misinformation.
During the commitments session moderated by the Coordinator, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL), Solomon Oladimeji, participants pledged to champion evidence-based communication, foster trust, and dispel health misinformation by working together.