Africa Health Television launches in Nigeria
Rebecca Hawkes
| 21 October 2014
Africa's first 24-hour health television channel has launched on the StarTimes, GoTV and DaarSat pay-TV platforms in Nigeria.

Africa Health Television (AHT) is aiming to advance positive health and social outcomes by reaching some of 'society's most vulnerable populations', according to channel owner Bricke and Athens.

A medical editorial board panel of physicians, nutritionists, dieticians and fitness experts regularly review AHT's subscription-based content.

Dr Chris Itabor, chairman of the channel's medical advisory board, told the Nigerian Tribune the initiative came from the need for Africans to get first-hand accurate and evidence-based health information which will help them take the right decisions for their health.

"We have noticed over the years, as medical practitioners, that there exists a gap between the knowledge people should have concerning their health and what they actually have and this gap is reduced to wrong decision making. People who ordinarily should not have died, find themselves passing on because they lack accurate knowledge," said Itabor.

"So AHTV seeks to bring information about health to their door step, not only in Nigeria but also in Africa. Information is power, information is life, ignorance is one of the costliest things known to man," he added.