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WHO commends Health Journalists for creating awareness on COVID-19

Bukola Afeni
The World Health Organization(WHO) has commended the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) for creating awareness amongst Nigerians regarding COVID-19.
The  WHO Communications Officer Charity Warigon made the disclosure at a two day conference in Nasarawa state.
 According to her, media  professionals  rose up to the occasion by educating, and creating awareness amonģ the citizens during COVID-19 outbreak.
“Journalists covering health beats proved their capability during the pandemic.  They can only improve on what we have achieved so far and even do better. There is so much to attain in driving confidence in the vaccination effort by building trust and continuously being a trusted and reliable source.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic, unlike any pandemic in history, has affected everyone and every country in a manner unexpected, although there had been calls and available support to nations to build their health systems and security in preparation for future “.
She urged Journalists to provide information that will have positive influence on members of the society.
“We need to  build and  maintain trust, this noble group and profession is one out of the  few that have historically been proven to be trusted to provide information that shapes the behaviour and lives of generations of peoples the world over”.
ANHEJ Board Chairman, Godwin Odemijie, charged journalists to focus on issues of mental health.
He urged them not to relent in writing stories regarding the topic
“Mental  issues is affecting many people in the society. There is a  need for health journalists to do more investigative and human angle stories to stem the tides of mental health issues in Nigeria”.
 The  President of ANHEJ, Hassan Zaggi, called on the federal government to always make available the necessary information that journalists need for their reportage.
“We want  to work out strategies on how to convince Nigerians on adequate uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.”

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