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Public Health Drive in Nigeria
The 'Right of Every Citizen'
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2006-07-21 10:56 (KST)   
July 19, Kano State in northern Nigeria witnessed the final contest of the new Nigerian Campaign for better health for all citizens.

The event was organized by Partners in Transforming Health (PATH), a U.K.-based non-governmental organization (NGO), to support the Nigerian government's effort in reforming the health sector.

Hajiya Rakiya Sani Ahmad, a media consultant to PATH, told OhmyNews shortly after the event that PATH has geared up to support the bill, which was enacted by the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives to ensure better health for all Nigerians, and which is tagged "The New Nigerian Campaign."

She said, "We are gearing up to wage a campaign for better health in Nigerian environments, working places, and in personal hygiene."

Hajiya Rakiya also said "We are not unmindful that better health is the right of every citizen, but it is also the responsibility of every one of us to take positive steps toward achieving better health for families and the community at large."

The PATH campaign ran from June 5 to June 24 with 16 road shows across Kano State, during which citizens were informed about how to attain better health for all.

At each road show, local talent performed songs on health issues, capturing the concept and ideals of the New Nigerian Campaign. Winners were selected by the communities themselves, and at the end of the 16 events, 16 winners and 32 runners-up emerged.

Semifinal selections took place in Kano City on June 8, and five contestants were eventually selected for the finals on July 19.

The five lucky ones selected for the finals included Dahiru Muhammad, Maryam Fantimoti, Hauwa Ali Baba, and Ashiru Garba.

Meanwhile, during the final round, Ashiru Garba, from Bunkure in Kano State, was the ultimate winner and will represent Kano State in a national contest also organized by PATH on July 31 in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Contestants will come from all over Nigeria.

Finally, Ashiru and four other contestants were awarded certificates of merit and cash worth 15,000 Nairas (US$117) each.
©2006 OhmyNews
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