International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Covering Health Issues: The Role of Newspapers in Ghana
Dr. Africanus L. Diedong

Enhancing the quality of health of Ghanaians is central to the ability of the country to create and maintain a healthy pool of labor force for its socio-economic development as well as enabling people to live in dignity. The media can influence people with relevant information to empower them in their health-seeking behavior and attitudes. Through a content analysis of three newspapers – Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, and Public Agenda – this paper interrogates how Ghanaian newspapers portray shared understandings of issues and problems of health through framing of newspaper articles to empower readers towards attainment of greater health. The paper examines how health issues are framed and the kinds of solutions offered to address them.

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