Public Health Emergencies: WHO Trains Journalists On Effective Reporting

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By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Concerned over public health emergencies, and the need to enhance surveillance, detect and respond to epidermic outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has donated 28 motorcycles across the 21 local government areas of Adamawa State.
Dr. Iyobosa Igbinovia, World Health Organisation (WHO) Adamawa state coordinator, made this disclosure, Wednesday, during a two-day capacity strengthening workshop on health reporting for  journalists during emergencies in Yola, organised by the WHO.
Igbinovia pointed out that the WHO realizes the critical role of  communication in achieving desired health outcomes by timely and accurate reporting targeted towards the right audience.
He therefore urged  journalists to be proactive in their reports during health emergencies and other relevant issues.
The coordinator pointed out that Adamawa has suffered over the past year outbreak of Lassa fever, measles and currently battling with the cholera scourge.
“The media played a prominent role in the success story in containing these outbreaks” he stated.
While describing the workshop as timely, he advise participants to key into the training as it will boost their skills for more effective report during emergencies.
New Nigerian reports that the workshop which drew participants from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, also has Professor Danjuma Gambo from the  University of Maiduguri, Dr. Onjefu Okidu, from Ajayi Crowther University Oyo and others as facilitators.
 Adding that, the WHO has been involved in case management during the outbreak; provision of supplies and laboratory testing.
Igbinovia, commended the state Ministry of Health, promising that WHO will continue to support and develop her plans, build the capacity of health personnel and equipped them with necessary skills to perform.

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