PRESS RELEASE -
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
“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
For more information, please call VOA Public Relations at (202)
203-4959, or e-mail