Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Covid-19: Health secretariat to partner media to check spread

The Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, has expressed the Administration readiness to enlighten the public about the risk factors associated with the covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

Dr Kawu made this known while receiving the director Administration and Human Resources Management of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Alhj. Abdulahi Khaliel and his management staff on a courtesy visit to the Secretariat.

He said the FCT Health Secretariat needed the support of the media in to enlightening the public about the spread of covid-19 pandemic, adding that the Secretariat would offer to train reporters on the covid-19 pandemic “so that they will be able to deliver what the health sector want from the public.”

In his words, “It has also been observed that many people don't believe that Covid-19 is real including some health workers. With the Covid-19 pandemic we needed the media more than any other group to enlightening the public.

He stressed that a lot of people are dead as a result of the disease besides the morbidity that is associated with it and other economic and social challenges associated with the disease. The support of the media especially as it has wide network capacity coverage to really work on COVID-19 enlightenment.

Speaking earlier, Alhj. Abdulahi Khaliel, requested the support of the Secretariat to help the agency revive its monthly health talks to educate staff of the agency on how best to look after their health and improving the staff clinic efficiency at its head office.

According to Khaliel “The agency is where people work round the clock, especially the editorial department that has no fewer than 400-500 newsmen and about 50 percent of them are on the desk in the offices covering Abuja, Lagos, plateau, Bauchi, Rivers, Enugu, and Kaduna state respectfully. This necessitated the staff to be talking to themselves on their health "we are here to solicit the FCT-Health Secretariat support towards achieving this," he said.

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