Health correspondents covering the Covid19 pandemic in the country have been trained on ways to accurately cover the pandemic
The training which was organized by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Who, and other Development Partners.
The training focused on the role of media in public health emergency, the DOs and DONTs in covering pandemics as well as safety measures needed in covering diseases with high transmission levels.
The Risk Communication Specialist, World Health Organisation, WHO, Ms Hawa Sesay urges health correspondents to avoid singling a particular person out in their reportage of Covid19, as it could create stigmatization which would in turn hamper the response to communicable diseases.
Another expert and communications specialist of the United Nations Children’s fund, UNICEF, Mr Rufus Esuchi, identified that the knowledge of Covid19 transmission was low, hence the different myths on the cure and prevention of the disease.
He stressed that the publics confidence on government’s response to the virus needed to be improved as lawmakers who are meant to enforce the rule of isolations are the ones breaking it.
Mr Esuchi encouraged the media to influence behavior change by reducing the level of panic in their story lines, as well as dispel rumors to build the confidence of the public.
Representatives of the Minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Nigeria Center of Disease Control, NCDC, appealed to the media to check their facts from the source before disseminating and lenient in attacking the authorities
The call for Unity in containing the pandemics was the focus of Other Development Partner.
It was observed that social distancing was strictly adhered to during the training.