Well, it’s either Politics, Sports or entertainment show in the early and late hours of the day on most media stations (Television and Radio).
Even if there is something on health at all it doesn’t measure up.
Journalists are quick to get information and ask questions concerning politics, sports or any other thing minus health.
We forget that without the soundness of mind and body, one cannot talk about these issues.
Well, I guess you are thinking about health issues now. You are right to think so.
That is not to say these other areas are irrelevant but a balance has to be reached.
When it comes to the issue of health, journalists only report when there is an outbreak.
This unfortunate behaviour of journalists or should I say generalism does not only happen in Ghana but in all African countries.
Talking about health issues from time to time whether there is an outbreak or an issue at hand helps to curb some of these unfortunate situations in Africa.
This nonchalant attitude towards matters of health has found its way to the community of Journalism .
In Ghana’s “Meet the President” Press Conference, almost all questions thrown at the President were either on politics, sports or agriculture.
Journalists are increasingly becoming reactive than proactive and its very bad for the profession. The journalists opportuned to be present virtually neglected issues on Health and Sanitation, meanwhile there are a lot of loopholes in our healthcare system, especially, the security of Ghanaians in case of an outbreak.
Recently, the way the outbreak of the H1N1 flu was handled showed how incapacitated our health system is.
This is enough to raise some thought provoking questions.
Do we rather choose to pray and fast over such outbreaks as Uganda is doing or we deliberate on them and find proper solutions to them?
As an upcoming group of medical journalists, we expected much from the opportuned journalists to also ask questions in the area of Health Security in the course of disease outbreaks but our expectations were soon lowered.
I guess we are waiting for such a time before we start talking about them.
One must say and think, what is there to talk about? But honestly speaking, there is more to talk about when it comes to the health of Ghanaians.
We wish to recommend to the Presidency that instead of opening the floor for questions from any random sector, every sector should be given an equal chance for questions to be asked.
This way, all issues would be touched on.