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WHO tasks media on public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, protocols

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has enjoined health journalists to provide Nigerians with information that encourages them to get vaccinated against COVID-19.   Charity Warigon,…

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has enjoined health journalists to provide Nigerians with information that encourages them to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Charity Warigon, WHO Communication Officer, Nigeria Office gave the advice on Friday during the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists, (ANHEJ) annual conference in Auta Balefi, Nasarawa State.

While commending journalists for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, she said they had a critical role to play in debunking the misinformation against the COVID-19 vaccination.  

Warigon also enjoined journalists to enlighten the public to continue to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid crowds, adding that, “Being vaccinated doesn’t mean that we can throw caution to the wind and put ourselves and others at risk.”

Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, who was represented by Dr Obinna Onuoha, senior programme and partnership officer of the organisation, said recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was not a singular health issue, because its effects were multi-faceted and far-reaching into the socio-economic fabric.