IPC trains journalists on Investigative Health Care Reporting

NEWS DIGEST – The International Press Centre Lagos has trained 15 journalists across the southwest region on Investigative Health Care Reporting.

The two-day workshop which attracted fifteen young and mid-career journalists from the print, online and broadcast media outlets in the southwest region was held at Ceasars court hotel, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

According to the IPC Executive Director,Mr Lanre Arogundade, said the training was designed to groom new generation of investigative health journalists in the society on the need to look into other health challenges in the society rather than focusing more on the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged journalists to look into other health related issues in the country.

Arogundade said, “The essence of the training is to groom new generation of health journalists who will transform the society with their reports.

“The health reporters and editors should be strengthened to conduct investigative health care reporting, especially on vaccine distribution,recent Cholera outbreak and the ravaging Covid19 pandemic.” He added.

Also, speaking at the event, the Director ,Development Communication Network (DEVCOMS), Mr Akinlabi Jimoh, in his lecture titled: “Media as effective catalyst of fundamental Health care reforms” implored journalists to look into other health related issues that were neglected since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Jimoh said, “The media must serve as a watchdog and hold authorities to account. Health issues affect everyone and for this reason, reporters must monitor, evaluate and also analyse health related issues.”

However, the US Acting Consul General, Stephen Ibelli, has urged the media to utilize the training to hold authorities accountable.

“The media should always cover true facts and keep society informed using media workshops to hold authorities to account.”