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8th August, 2017
A health journalist is a health worker too
Dr KK Aggarwal
 Communication, as we know, is how we acquire information, how we disseminate information. Effective health communication is crucial for health promotion.
 
Health journalists have an important role to play in health promotion by increasing health literacy. The reach of the media, whether print, radio, television and/or internet is phenomenal.
 
In our country, people usually visit their doctors only when they fall sick. News reports on health and medicine are thus their major sources of information and influence health-related behaviors and attitudes. Health journalists increase the level of awareness and knowledge of the general public about any health issue and in this process, they often dispel myths and misconceptions prevalent in the society. It is via news reports that we come to know of the latest advances in medicine, be it drugs, devices, techniques etc.
 
Particularly during times of outbreaks or epidemics, journalists can help to quickly deliver important health-related messages to the public about the disease in question, the Dos and Don'ts, so that people can take adequate measures to stay safe or when they should seek a doctor’s help.
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Rural India lacks access to safe drinking water
Need of the hour is to address the issue on an urgent basis and reduce the prevalence of water-borne diseases
 
New Delhi, 07 August 2017: As per a global report released recently, about 63 million people in rural India lack access to clean water.[1]Add to this the fact that only about 26.9 million out of 167.8 million households (16%) in rural areas have access to piped water. Studies have also found the presence of iron in water supplied to 30% rural Indian households. As per the IMA, iron when mixed with water, can cause respiratory system hemorrhage. Lack of access to clean water can also lead to multiple diseases.
 
Unclean water can increase the prevalence of diseases such as cholera, blinding trachoma, malaria, and dengue in the rural areas, not to mention other water-borne problems. India is one of the fastest growing economies and the need of the hour is to address the issue of water security on an urgent basis.
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