As part of efforts to address Nigeria’s worsening health system crises in all its forms, through deliberate partnerships, the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists will on Thursday in Abuja hold its 3rd annual conference where stakeholders in the sector will gather to brainstorm on efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage and offer workable suggestions on the way forward.
ANHEJ President, Hassan Zaggi, said the theme of the conference “Nigeria’s increasing population, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Any hope?” is critical at this point in time.
He said an alarmingly high number of Nigerians are suffering the consequences of a large burden of infectious diseases outbreaks and the country’s poor health system that is failing them, According to the latest report by John Hopkins Centre for Health Security.
“The report known as Global Health Security (GHS) Index 2019, which provides a public benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries of the world, suggests that not one country on earth ls actually fully prepared to handle an epidemic or pandemic.”
“The GHS index not only draws attention to national gaps but inspires drive for change to address the risks we face. However, these change cannot be done without the collaboration of stakeholders.”
ANHEJ President noted that as for Nigeria and many other countries, the biggest gaps are in the capacity to prevent the spread of infectious disease pathogens and provide citizens with adequate health security through coverage.
“Disturbingly, as Nigeria continues to record a large burden of infectious disease outbreaks which could be connected with its tropical climate, and increasing population mobility and density, which both ease disease transmission, hospital acquired infections are also on the rise.”
The Association of Nigerian Health Journalists (ANHEJ), is a group of professional journalists who have been assigned by different media organizations to cover activities in the health sector in Nigeria. Our headquarters is in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). We have over 40 members cutting across the print, electronic and online media.
ANHEJ members conduct in-depth investigations and interact with state and non-state actors to obtain health information needed to boost the health profile of the nation.