WHO and partners fee journalists on credible COVID-19 reportage 

As phase of the nationwide response to possess the unfold of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the Govt with make stronger from the World Neatly being Group (WHO) performed a sensitization meeting with journalists; charging them with the responsibility of producing impactful reviews to guarantee recordsdata sharing that can pressure home the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Already, WHO has supported the practicing of over 500 journalists in chosen excessive-distress states, at the side of Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Sokoto. 

“When I purchased the invitation for a workshop on impactful reporting for COVID-19 prevention being organized by WHO and FCT public nicely being unit, I become hesitant to support. My reason? I believed I of course possess already bought sufficient recordsdata and knew the set up to leer up for more if I needed to duvet press briefings, interviews and any varied COVID-19 connected events. 

“Nevertheless at the cease of this workshop, I must confess that I’m no longer easiest better urged about how my reportage can reduction to dispel COVID-19 infodemic however also control the outbreak and finish additional an infection. I of course possess sharpened my journalistic abilities and motivated to regain impactful reviews particularly as it relates to compliance to non-pharmaceutical interventions by the public”.

 As COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage global nicely being panorama, Nigeria is now not any longer an exception. Low distress idea, infodemic and consequent non-compliance to pharmaceutical interventions are among components exacerbating the outbreak. WHO is participating with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) and partners to manufacture the capability of frontline recordsdata managers on impactful and credible reviews for prevention of COVI-19. 

A beneficiary of the WHO-supported workshop, Mr John Akubo of  Guardian newspaper confessed that the workshop has widened his recordsdata horizon on COVID-19.  “The practicing has opened my eyes to a pair of my shortcomings as a journalist. I checklist and entertain americans however lift out very little on teaching most folks particularly on preventive measures for COVID-19. 

“Nevertheless, with this practicing I of course possess realized that media practitioners would possibly well additionally achieve lives by providing the brilliant preventive recordsdata at the brilliant time to the brilliant viewers”. 

In her remarks, Director of FCT Public Neatly being, Dr. Josephine Okechukwu represented by Dr Abdulrahman Sadiq reaffirmed that the media are serious partners in the sizzling response to possess COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria. “Media practitioners are serious in helping to swap behaviours and able to enhancing the public’s compliance to non-pharmaceutical interventions. Therefore, here’s an opportune workshop to present a grab to the abilities of these serious partners to resonate balanced reviews on COVID-19”. 

Technical Contacts:

Dr Rex Mpazanje; Electronic mail: mpazanjer [at] who.int; Tel: +234 803 960 0874

Dr Chima Onuekwe; Electronic mail: onuekwec [at] who.int; Tel: +234 803 535 4876

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