Experts task journalists on prevention against Covid-19

Journalists have been urged to always adhere to the Coronavirus protocols to prevent them from contracting the disease while discharging their essential responsibility of informing the public on happenings during the lockdown.

A medical practitioner, Dr. Musa Bello, made the plea while presenting a paper at a one-day sensitisation workshop for Journalists on Monday in Kano.

The workshop was organised by the Kano State Covid-19 Taskforce in collaboration with the Lafia-UK support for Health in Nigeria programme under the Risk Communication Pillar.

Bello further explained the mode of transmission of the disease to the participants and highlighted that journalists could secure themselves from the ailment by adhering to the outlined methods of prevention and control of Covid-19.

Also speaking during the sensitisation, a resource person and a member of the state Covid-19 response team, Auwalu Abdul Fagge, called on the media to re-double efforts in educating the Kano residents on prevention measures..

He added that the media should initiate news articles that would incite call to action.

In her paper presentation, the Coordinator for the training, Hajiya Umma Rakana, counselled journalists on ensuring overall accountability in Covid-19 response.

According to her, it borders on the management of resources and patient care.

She added that media practitioners should communicate their findings through their media platforms to the appropriate quarters.

A media consultant, Bashir Ibrahim Hassan noted that journalists should project public interest in carrying out their duties.

He expressed concern at the trend whereby media outfits are being established in Nigeria to pursue profit generation at the expense of public interest.

Participants at the training commended the organisers for such sensitisation, adding that it is a welcome development.

Source: Voice of Nigeria