UNICEF SOLICITS MEDIA SUPPORT IN COMBATING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

REPORTER: EMEFIENA OKONKWO

The media are encouraged to complement governments’ and UNICEF’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNICEF Chief of Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh, gave the advice in Enugu, in a message to the Zonal Media Executive Meeting on Child Rights Influenced Reporting on COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Conteh noted that the media were of critical importance in sensitizing the public to the dangers of the pandemic and addressing public’s hesistancy, unwillingness and conspiracies against the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a welcome remark, a health specialist and officer in charge of UNICEF, Enugu Field Office, Dr. Olusoji Akinleye stated that the media still had a role to play in the fight against the pandemic by ensuring that correct and timely messages about the virus were disseminated to the public.

Participants, who were drawn from frontline media organizations in the country, pledged to sustain the campaign against the pandemic in their news, programmes and live talk-shows.

Experts in different fields including Communications Officer, UNICEF, Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ijeoma Onuoha-Ogwe; Dr. Agatha Nzeribe; Dr. Chikezie Obasi; and Dr. Chidi Ezinwa took out time to enlighten the participants on Child Rights influenced Reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to sustain the campaign against the virus.

There were also interactive sessions during the workshop.

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