The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ADSPHCDA), Dr Batulu Mohammad said journalists have an important role to play in the fight against polio in the state.
She said this in Yola when members of the newly formed Journalists Against Polio (JAP) group in Adamawa paid her a visit.
Batulu said that the media was playing a critical role of enlightenment, in the fight against polio and other diseases, and deserved to be supported.
She lauded UNICEF for supporting the activities of JAP, saying her agency on its own part would continue to collaborate with journalists in the area of enlightenment.
“The more we enlighten the public, the more we prevent outbreaks, and if outbreak occurs with the needed publicity around it would be properly managed with minimum morbidity,” Mohammed said.
Earlier, the chairman of the Coordination Committee of JAP, Yusuf Nadabo of Adamawa Television, said UNICEF supported their activities which involved enlightening the public on polio, and solicited for partnership with the Agency.
Nadabo added that JAP organized awareness rallies, production of jingles and advocacy visits to local communities and other stakeholders