By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Professions that require lots of moving around like journalism expose practitioners to health hazards and so, journalists should be on their guard
Kwara Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Adenike Oshatimehin gave this advice at a health talk programme; a part of the Press Week activities of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
According to her, journalists need to go for health check-ups as they go round on daily basis to gather information for disseminations to the general public.
The NUJ Chapel is having week-long activities for the year 2920 which holds at the union’s Press Centre, Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin.
The Commissioner had said, “many a times, because of the pressure of their work, journalists don’t usually have time to take good care of their health” noting that it is only when they are indisposed that they realized how much they have not paid good attention to their health.
“It is only when they are well, that they can be able to disseminate information”, she further emphasized.
She lauded the Chapel for putting up such a well laid out programme that was quite evocative and professional.
The Keynote speaker at the event was the Kwara State Deputy Chairman of the Nigeria medical association (NMA), Dr. Aderibigbe Adebayo Ayodele who posited that the roles of journalists, particularly dissemination of information was quite vital in the society.
Dr. Ayodele said most people don’t pay attention to their health simply because they don’t have time or don’t see it as very necessary to do.
According to him, no matter the importance of an assignment to journalists, once their health couldn’t permit them there should be nothing they could do to achieve to meet their duty obligations.
He added that if people could find it mandatory to check and service their vehicles regularly, it becomes even more mandatory to check and attend to their health at all time in order to stay healthy.
According to him, several sick people visit hospitals late which most times make their cases complicated when eventually they go to the hospital.
He advised against relying on analgesics or local herbs instead of visiting hospital. He advised people to adopt a good life style and be moderate in whatever they eat or drink because of its great effect on their health.
Dr. Ayodele also enjoined journalists to engage in bodily exercises and double-check their facts when disseminating health information to the public.