Health reporters have been urged to show interest in investigative reporting, especially in COVID-19 era.
This was the submission of broadcasters at the 4th annual health conference on COVID-19 reportage assessment, held in Nasarawa.
The conference sought to assess the performance of the media in covering the COVID-19 pandemic both in strength and weakness.
The Executive Officer, International Society of Media in Public Health, Mrs Moji Makanjuola said it was essential to appraise the works done for better performance.
She said infodemic was the major challenge of the pandemic: “every mobile subscriber became a journalist of fear and fake news, which led to increased violence, death and paranoia.”
Chairman of the Board, Association of Nigerian Health Journalists, Mr Godwin Odemijie said the pandemic brought challenges to media organisations globally and enjoined journalists to dig deep into investigative reporting especially in the health system to help uncover issues of public importance.
While appreciating journalists on the accurate and intensive reportage of COVID-19, World Health Organisation Communication expert, Mrs Charity Warigon advocated for more support from the government and partners to the Nigerian media for a better and more professional output.
In a paper, “Using Social Media Effectively to Promote Stories”, the Coordinator African Health Budget Network, urged media professionals to utilize Social media in disseminating the right information which will help curb Info-Demic.