‘Journos can play vital role to build healthy nation’

BSS, Dhaka :
Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said journalism on health affairs can play a role in building a healthy nation.
The Minister said this on Tuesday while unveiling as the chief guest the cover of the book titled “Writing about health: Handbook for journalists” at the city’s CIRDAP auditorium. The function was held under the aegis of Eminence, a development organisation. Dr Md Shameem Haider Talukdar conducted the function, which was attended by deputy director of the USAID, Bangladesh Gregory J Adams, joint secretary of Health and Family Welfare Ministry Jamal Hossain, coordinator of Eminence Umme Salma, Sushmita Khan and journalist of the Dhaka Tribune Fatema Abedin Nazia. Hasanul Huq Inu said, “The news on health affairs can be readable to all with the presentation of right information. The mass media workers should come up with professionalism as the common people are directly involved in the news relating to health affairs.” The Minister also called upon the owners of the mass media, editors and newsmen to lay utmost importance on covering the news relating to health affairs.
Highlighting the successes of the government in the health sector, Hasanul Huq Inu said, “The child and mothers’ mortality rates have reduced while the average life expectancy has increased in the country despite the fact that there was political barriers. Bangladesh’s achievement in the vaccination programme is unprecedented in the world. The government put in operation 12,000 community clinics.
The Prime Minister was honoured for these achievements in the international arena. But, the achievements were not properly projected in the mass media,” Inu told the function Portraying a grim picture of political violence, the Minister sought cooperation of newsmen assigned for covering health events to protect the women and children from scary situation.