By Osa Mbonu-Amadi, Editor-at-Large
The Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo has called on stakeholders, policy makers, health consultants, as well as professionals in the health sector to help promote health communication as a way to curb and contain outbreak of pandemics in the future.
The varsity believes that such mismanagement can be avoided with advocacy for accurate health communication in the public space. Led by the Dean of Faculty, Prof. Oluwole Alabi, the university will host an international conference between July 18 and 19th to discuss the role of communication in health management in the country. It will also explore the new norm and implications for the attainment of sustainable development goals in the health sector through communication.
According to the university, health communication is very critical to the containment of pandemic and epidemic of diseases in the country. “With scientific breakthroughs leading to rapid development and deployment of vaccines and vaccination programmes, aggressive awareness campaigns and non-medical preventive protocols, the global community is slowly and steadily putting the ugly and horrifying experiences of Covid-19 behind.
Guests expected at the event are Commissioner for Health, Oyo State, Dr. Olabode Oladipo, Vice Chancellor Caleb University, Prof. Nosa Owense-Ibie, Prof. Rotimi Olatunji, Prof. Timothy Adebayo among others.