Health Journalists and professionals at the close of a workshop on Wednesday in Accra, have been challenged to serve as health educators and informers to the society.
The over 50 participants who attended the workshop were equipped with knowledge and skills in effective coverage on health issues.
It offered practical experience on communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and disease outbreaks and also served as refresher course to health professionals.
The Centre for Science and Health Communication Texas A&M Health Science Centre School of Rural Public Health in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Journalism and Accra Metropolitan Office of the Ghana Health Service organized the workshop, which educated participants on health terminologies, online searching strategies to aid health reporting as well as health information on reporting numbers, disease outbreaks and risks.
Mr Bernard Appiah, Director, Centre for Science and Health Communication Texas A&M Health Science Centre School of Rural Public Health, USA, stressed the need for the two professional bodies to maintain a cordial relationship so as to be able to acquire the necessary health information to feed the public, adding that the adult population preferred more of health news to other news.
He said there would be online follow-ups to monitor how participants were faring and also assess the usefulness of the workshop.
Some of the participants were selected to serve as trainers for subsequent workshops while participants were awarded with certificates. GNA