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VOA Hosts Health Town Hall Meeting in Yola, Nigeria

Citizens questioned health experts about polio, HIV/AIDS and other diseases

Washington, D.C., July 16, 2009 - More than 1,600 people attended a Voice of America (VOA) town hall meeting today in Yola, Nigeria where citizens questioned health experts about polio, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

“Your team had a wonderful outing today in Yola,” said Dr. Sani Gwarzo, consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Speakers discussed childhood health, the importance of mosquito nets and the role of vaccinations in curbing polio.

At the event, organized by VOA’s Hausa Service, participants received literature on health and were eligible for prizes such as radios and mosquito nets which help eliminate malaria.

Dr. Halima Nayako, a medical doctor whose husband is the Governor of Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria, represented her state at the event. Also attending were Senator Iyabo B. Obasanjo, Chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on Health; Dr. Dauda Madug, Regional Manager, North East World Health Organization; and Joseph Monehin, Program Manager Maternal and Child Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria.

VOA’s Hausa Service reaches approximately 21 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Chad, and Cameroon through its 13 hours of radio broadcasts each week.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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