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WHO organises workshop for Journalists on comprehensive health reporting

The World Health Organization, WHO, held an intensive health reporting workshop for journalists and communication experts in Adamawa on Monday, following the inadequate comprehensive health report on epidemic-prone diseases in the region.

Dr Semeeh Omoleke, WHO State Coordinator, said the outreach workshop aimed to further strengthen relations between the media, WHO, the Ministry of Health and other sectors related to the health.

Omoleke spoke at the opening session of the workshop on Monday in Yola.

“The role of journalists and communication experts is quite crucial, especially in information management and responses to epidemics.

“WHO organized this important workshop to teach journalists and other information managers how epidemics and other diseases should be reported in the context of health information.

“In addition, the workshop is an opportunity to refresh the memory of journalists on how things should be done, to enable them to understand their role in reporting health issues, especially epidemics,” said Omoleke.

Regarding the objectives and expectations of the workshop, Mr. Kingsley Igwebuike, WHO Communication Assistant, said the main objectives of the workshop included building the capacity of participants in effective and comprehensive health reporting. .

“In addition, the workshop should impact knowledge and orient participants on risk communication and educate the general public on the dangers of the disease, preventive measures and control,” said Igwebuike.

He said that by the end of the workshop, participants should understand that they have a responsibility to educate society on how to protect themselves, first aid and how to control the spread of disease.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Comrade Dedan Ishaku, President of the Adamawa branch of the Syndicate of Journalists of Nigeria, NUJ, thanked the organization for organizing the workshop, saying it came at the right time.

Nigeria News Agency reports that 26 participants from different media organizations took part in the one-day workshop

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