WHO trains journalists on health reporting during emergencies



The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is training journalists in North East region on effective health reporting during emergencies.

Declaring the two-day training workshop open in Yola, the Adamawa Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku, urged journalists to do more on public health reporting, particularly in area of prevention.

Atiku said the media as key partner on enlightenment needed to be proactive in educating the public on the effective role of hygiene and sanitation in checking outbreaks and spread of epidemics.

The WHO Coordinator in Adamawa, Dr Iyobosa Igbinovia, said the regular training for journalists by WHO was based on its appreciation of the role media could play in emergencies when it passes the right messages.

He urged participants to make maximum use of the training to be provided them by experts for maximum benefit of the larger population.

Also speaking, the WHO Health Emergencies Communication Officer in North East, Dr Chima Onuekwe, said the training which has been an annual event was to reiterate the importance of covering emergencies from public health point of view.

“It is also to review how far we have gone in achieving our set goals in public health reporting and how we are covering health emergencies in the North East from public health point of view,” Onuekwe said.

Some of the presentations made at the opening ceremony included “Overview of WHO Public Health Emergencies Programmes in North East’’ and “Basic Facts on Disease of Public Health importance in Emergencies with emphasis on North East”.

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