By Maryam Usman Nagado
Kano State Ministry of Health has said that it will plan to hold training for working journalists in the state on quarterly basis, aimed at enlightening the public about COVID-19.
Speaking at a one-day orientation workshop, organised for journalists by the ministry, the Coordinator, COVID-19 Response Team, Dr Tijjani Hussain, said the trainings would re-equipe the media practitioners on the nitty gritty of COVID-19 response.
According Dr Hussein, the capacity building would help media personnel in enlightening the general public about adherence to COVID-19 protocols, especially as the second wave of the pandemic is lurking in the world.
Dr Tijjani, who was represented by Auwalu Fagge, Kano Health Educator in the ministry of health, therefore urged newsmen to double their efforts in enlightening the public about the sudden resurgence of COVID-19 virus in the country.
He said “journalists should not relent in disseminating first-hand information about the danger of the virus, assuring that Kano government has recognized journalists as stakeholders in COVID-19 response,”
On his part, a representative of World Health Organization (WHO), Ibrahim Bebeji, said the fight against Coronavirus is everyone’s duty.
“we are all vulnerable to the virus and media as a critical stakeholder in COVID-19 response should participate in the fight against the second wave of the pandemic.” He added.
He called on the general public to adhere strictly in the COVID-19 protocols as it is the only way to get ride of the virus in the state.