Health journalists should work actively for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Bangladesh.
National Professor Brig (retd) Abdul Malik, founder of National Heart Foundation Bangladesh, made the call at a workshop held at the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute auditorium in the capital on Thursday.
It is important to publish news regularly to increase public awareness of various risks of NCDs and to influence policymakers to adopt public health policies to prevent NCDs, he said.
The NCD media workshop was organised to exchange views with the journalists, says a press release.
Sohel Reza Chowdhury, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Research at the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, highlighted the recent situation of NCDs in Bangladesh.
Dr Khalequzzaman, associate professor of Public Health and Informatics at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, shed light on what could be news on the prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Later, a documentary on tobacco victims was screened.
Taufiq Maruf, president of Bangladesh Health Reporters Forum, was present as special guest on the occasion.
Twenty-two journalists from different media attended the workshop.