The Coordinating Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), convened a Media Orientation Meeting on Diphtheria Outbreak Response in the country.
The one-day workshop, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and held on Friday in Abuja, drew journalists and communication personnel from across the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was aimed at improving the media’s knowledge of Diphtheria, helping them understand their roles and responsibilities, and identifying key areas to support the ongoing Outbreak Response in the country.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, of the NPHCDA, commended and appreciated the efforts of both National and State media stations in promoting health programmes, especially the ongoing Diphtheria Outbreak Response in their respective states.
Shuaib, who was represented by the Acting Director of Advocacy and Communication at the Agency, Mrs. Aisha Tukur, emphasized that the Federal Government and Development Partners recognized the media’s vital role in nation-building.
He underscored the government’s reliance on the media to create awareness and sensitize Nigerians on Diphtheria and other Primary Health Care services in the country.
Shuaib also commended NCDC and Development Partners for co-facilitating the Media Orientation Meeting with NPHCDA and expressed the hope that the partnership would continue beyond the Diphtheria Outbreak Response.
In her goodwill message, Margaret Soyemi, Head of Social and Behavioral Change Communication at UNICEF, who spoke on behalf of partners, praised the efforts of NPHCDA and NCDC for facilitating the workshop.
Soyemi thanked the media stakeholders for their continuous support and commitment to creating awareness and sensitizing the public on health programmes, especially Diphtheria, at national and subnational levels.
Participants from NPHCDA, NCDC, FMoH, Federal Ministry of Information (FMol), National Orientation Agency (NOA), and NAN attended the meeting.
Additionally, representatives from national and state media (broadcast and print) from the seven priority states (Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, and Yobe) were present, as were Development Partners, including UNICEF, BA-N, Red Cross, WHO, ICAP, and others.