By: David Kamara
The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG- SL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has organized one day training for media practitioners on accurate reporting of convid19 across the country.
According Harold Thomas, the training will focus on factual and proficient reporting on the danger of the pandemic in which journalists will use their respective media houses to educate the public on the danger of Convid19.
The Public Relation Officer said the training will be implemented right across the country so that journalists will be able to educate their respective audiences on the treacherous disease.
Harold Thomas also pointed out that journalists have been playing pivotal role in order to help in the fight against the pandemic since it first index case in the country.
He further expressed sincere thanks to the Media Reform Coordinating Group for such an initiative in building the capacity of journalists across the country which has being a success for Sierra Leoneans to know the do and don’ts of the pandemic.
The pandemic he said is a droplet disease which he says the government has been working relentlessly in putting preventive measures in place to help stop the spread of the deadly pandemic across the country.
Dr. Tonya Musa lecturer Mass Communication Fourah Bay College explained to journalists that they should be able to understand identified in checking and debunking fake news about the covid-19 pandemic throughout the country.
He highlighted the necessary steps to be taken if one is been suspected of the virus and the person is advised to call the emergency toll number 117 for free from any telecommunication network across the country.
He expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for their collaborative efforts.
He also encouraged all Sierra Leoneans to abide by the rules and regulation laid by the Health experts in the fight against the pandemic throughout the country.
Ahmed Sahid Nasralla President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ) expressed thanks and appreciation for the initiative brought by the MRCG and expressed gratitude to all media representative and donor partners for such a timely training for media practitioners, he encourages journalists to keep on the fight to eradicate the covid-19 pandemic.