NCDC Moves To Boost Media Capacity
•Holds Training On Five Epidemic Prone Diseases
By Chioma Umeha - June 6, 20180
Lagos – In a bid to expand the knowledge and awareness on the five priority, epidemic prone diseases- Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), Cholera, Yellow Fever, Lassa Fever and Measles in the country, Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) weekend, organised training for health editors in Lagos.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, said that the goal of the training is to build the capacity of the media to generate awareness on the five diseases and impact of the centre’s interventions.
Dr. Iheakweazu also said that the objective is to provide information and improve the consciousness of the media on CSM and NCDC interventions as well as their impact.
The infectious disease epidemiologist further said that the training targets to equip media professionals with skills to disseminate information and enhance the quality of their reports.
Similarly, the training’s aim is to expand the network of journalists who specialize in writing and broadcasting authoritatively on CSM, Dr Iheakweazu who is also a consultant in public health medicine added.
Corroborating the NCDC National Coordinator, Dr. Joshua Obasanya, Director, explained that the essence of the training is to link media practitioners to experts on CSM who will serve as sources for information among other vital resources in the area.