Novel coronavirus (78) Malaria versus Coronavirus in Nigerian media

2 March, 2020

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'Nigerians bash Buhari’s spokesman for demanding focus on malaria'

'Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Sunday, came under intense criticism on social media for advising the Nigerian media to focus on the deaths caused by malaria rather than on coronavirus.

'Shehu, who took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts, asked why all the newspapers used coronavirus headlines as their cover page stories.

“This morning’s newspapers, all of them have coronavirus as the lead, cover story. When will they bring the spotlight to bear on 822 who are killed by malaria every day in Nigeria?,” Garba Shehu wrote.

'However, Shehu’s comment had attracted over 1,000 comments, mostly negative comments, from his followers...'


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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