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Southern region journalists form health association

By Josephine Chinele

Blantyre, August 22: Southern region health journalists on Wednesday formed a grouping called journalists for health.

The grouping was born immediately after a two-day training on health reporting held in Blantyre.

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s, Ronald Amos was elected Chairperson, Queen Nhlema of Capital Radio as Vice, Josephine Chinele of Mana as Secretary, Innocent Mphongolo of MIJ fm Vice, Chipiliro Wahara of CFC radio as Treasurer deputized by Jani Kasunda of Matindi FM, Chikondi Moyo of CFC was elected Forum Moderator with Watipaso Mzungu Jnr of Nation Publications Limited and Racheal Joshua of FM 101 as committee members.

In his acceptance speech, Amos urged all journalists in the grouping to work as a team to ensure that the public gets essential health information.

“Thanks for entrusting me with this responsibility, but I believe we will be working together to make the group vibrant. We have a big task ahead of us. Let’s write to save lives,” he said.

Project Manager for Galaxy Media Consultants, Benson Nkhoma-Somba also advised the elected committee to work as a team to expose the many hidden health issues.

“I’m not saying no to politics and economics stories, but there is also a bigger story from health as well. It depends on the committee to make this group vibrant as there are many opportunities for health reporters out there,” he said.

Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI) survey conducted in 2012 established that 60 per cent of Malawians rely on the media for health information.

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