LAGOS â€” Vanguard Health Correspondent, Mrs. Chioma Obinna, has beenÂ honoured by the Lagos State Government as the Best Health Correspondent (Print) 2009 on the platform of the Lagos State Health Family Merit Award.
Obinna, for the second time, is winning the award which recognises her contribution to the development and growth of Health reporting in the state.
Other awardees are Miss Faosiyat Gbadeyanka of Murhi International Television (MiTV)â€” Best Health Correspondent 2008 (Electronics); Sekinat Lawal of National Mirror, Best Health Correspondent (Print) 2008, Modupe Alli of Lagos State Television (LTV) â€” Best health Correspondent (Electronic) 2009.
Champion Newspapers and The Nation won the Best Health Friendly Newspaper for 2008 and 2009 respectively while the Best Health Friendly ElectronicÂ 2008 and 2009 wentÂ to Television Continental (TVC) and LTV respectively.
Speaking at the 6th State Health Merit Award ceremony for 2008/2009 Tuesday in Lagos, Governor Babatunde Fashola said the award was to recognise individuals and hospitals and to appreciate other individuals for their contributions towards implementing government policies that directly touch the lives of the people.
Fashola who was represented by the State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Hamzat, said: â€œWe are here today to give awards and recognition to individuals and hospitals that have distinguished themselves over the last two years and also to say thank you to print and electronic media as well as individuals who have contributed to the successes we have achieved so far.â€
According to him, the stateâ€™s health care system has been acknowledged as most efficient by the Nigerian Standard Organisation (NSO), and stressed the need toÂ benchmark against international standards, if the vision for an efficient and functional mega city is to be achieved.