Chikwawa District Health Office (DHO) has called on the media to report on the district hospital’s success stories.
Chikwawa DHO spokesperson Settie Piriminta said this on Thursday during a meeting with the media.
“We rely on the media as our partners in disseminating information on health issues,” he said.
Piriminta cited construction of neonatal ward at Chikwawa District Hospital, renovation of Gaga Health Centre by Aids Healthcare Foundation and gains in cervical cancer services as among success stories worth reporting.
In an interview, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) reporter Christopher Sande said journalism is not just about naming and shaming service providers but it is also about shaping society; hence, reporting on stories that are of public interest to influence change.
“Issues of health are critical and if something goes wrong, we give attention to it. If the facility does something good, we’ll report it,” he said.
Sande, however, lamented that some hospital officials hide information when something bad happens.
“Sometimes hospital officials tend to be rigid with information but this mostly does not work to their advantage,”he added.
Chikwawa district medical officer WamakaMusopole commended the meeting with the media, saying it will foster the cordial working relationship between the two parties.