COVID-19: Journalists Receive Training on Response Measures

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COVID-19, Journalists,, Receive Training, Response Measures
NCDC representative, Micheal Okali, at the programme PHOTO: Abdulgafar Oladimeji (Judicial Sketch)

Journalists in Kano have been urged to adopt strategies and standard infectious precautions to avoid been infected with COVID-19.

A medical practitioner, Dr Musa Bello, made the appeal on Sunday during a day workshop titled Sensitization of Media Personnel on COVID-19 Response in Kano state held at Central Hotel Kano.

The programme, organized by the state government with support from Lafiya: UK Supporting Health in Nigeria, featured journalists selected from print, electronic and the new media.

Dr Bello tutored and cautioned participants on the mode of transmission of the disease, and further highlighted that journalists could secure themselves from the ailment by adhering to the outlined methods of prevention and control of COVID-19.

One of the resource persons and a member of the state COVID-19 response team, Auwalu Abdul Fagge said the media should educate the state residents on the protocols of the pandemic, adding that the media should initiate news articles that would incite call to action.

In her paper presentation,  Hajiya Umma Rakana counseled journalists on ensuring overall accountability in COVID-19 response, as it borders on the management of resources and patients care, adding 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 bemoaned the trend at which media outfits are been established in Nigeria to pursue profit generation at the expense of public interest.

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