FG, Kano Move Against Wazobia FM Over Killings of Health Workers – The Federal Government, Wednesday, said it has begun a move to discipline the owners of Cool FM/Wazobia, the media house which broadcast the anti-polio immunisation campaign that led to the gruesome murder of seven polio immunisation workers and three others in Kano State a forthnight ago.
Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who disclosed this this at a media briefing at the close of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which held at the State House in Abuja, said both the Federal Government and the Kano State Government have submitted their claims on the matter to the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Disclosing that the Kano State Police Command had arrested and charged three broadcast journalists, all of whom have been released on bail, in respect of the matter, the minister said the matter was still being investigated even as he maintained that what the journalists did was not acceptable.
“The mass media is controlled by private people. Kano Government has complained against the medium and NBC ought to sanction it,” he said, assuring that government was working with security agencies to provide security for the health workers and those participating in the exercise
The minister had earlier briefed journalists about the 2012 progress report of his ministry which he presented to the Council.
He enumerated areas of key achievements as reduction of the prevalence of fake drugs , population immunity of 87 percent in 11 endemic states in the north and increase in maternal and child health by 29 percent over 2011.
Expressing the hope that the country would soon be issued with a guinea worm-free certificate by the World Health Organization (WHO), Onyebuchi lamented the absence of a legislative framework for the implementation of the National Health Policy and therefore urged the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the enabling act to facilitate its implementation and as well provide additional funding for the ministry.
“There is no legislative framework to enforce National Health Policy but we are working with legislative arm to ensure that the National Health Bill is passed as it will provide additional funding apart from facilitating implementation,” he stated.
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