#HALAsi: Background in brief
A couple of weeks ago, Health And Life Africa Healthy-living Initiative (HALA) actively played a huge role in this year’s World Malaria Day’s (25th April, 2013) activism to raise more awareness about Malaria.
In its commemoration, we launched our HALA Social Intelligence, #HALAsi initiative in collaboration with one of Nigeria’s foremost entertainment websites, 360Nobs.com, where we featured key personalities and Malaria stakeholders in Nigeria such as the National Coordinator of the National Malaria Control Program, Dr (Mrs.) Nnenna Ezeigwe as well as the National World Malaria Day Committee Chairman, Sir. Alex Ikemefuna. These series of activities climaxed with our Twitter Live Chatthat was hosted by the very popular @Omojuwa.
My Radio Interview Highlights
I must not forget to mention that most of these special activities stemmed from the fact that MALARIA was the central theme of our most recent edition of HALA Magazine.
So as heads-up, this interview aired in Kapital FM a while ago. Listen here
The Radio show was graciously hosted by Philomena Nweze. The 20 minutes program was primarily aimed at raising awareness on the peculiarities of Malaria in Pregnancy, and it spilled over into a candid talk on key issues that affect our Nigerian healthcare system.
Highlights includes issues on the reality of poor awareness about health issues in Nigeria, negligence, our dysfunctional healthcare system, health policies, the patient-doctor ratio predicament, patient follow-up, our hospital structure, the challenges of today’s Dr. Google, etc
The talk brings to the fore, some of our core everyday experiences as Nigerians such as: How do you manage the fact that the average Nigerian today gets their health information/recommendation from road-side drug peddlers -who are obviously primarily interested in selling their trade?.
What if our Government hospitals (where the bulk of patients attend) are structured to run like a core business entity to centre around the patient as the priority (being the client) rather than the health service(s) such that the patient doesn’t have to climb upstairs to run lab tests, go two blocks away to reach the doctor’s office, while the hospital pharmacy is elsewhere, etc.
How can we integrate our healthcare systems to make it more functional? And at what point do we get to start paying any form of emphasis on the need for patient education?
In all these, where do you think the bulk of the challenge lie? Which areas can we correct?
Please share your opinion below.