By Oluwatoyin Kolawole |
A call has been made to the media to increase its awareness on the need for people in the Northeast to embrace routine immunization to kill all the diseases ravaging the country.
Mrs Elizabeth Onitolo, Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, UNICEF, made this call on Tuesday in Yola, Adamawa state at the opening session of a three-day media dialogue.
The media dialogue was jointly organised with the collaboration of the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB), Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Onitolo said that there are possibility for polio disease to resurface in Nigeria after certification of free of the disease by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to her, there is need for the media to do more awareness particularly for people in the Northeast to guide against the coming back of polio and other likely disease into the country.
“No child must die of polio again in Nigeria, we sincerely plead with the media to help us out by creating awareness and sensitizing the people on routine immunization.
“This meeting is to improve the knowledge of key media practitioners on low routine immunization coverage, it is also to strengthen alliance with the media.
“The meeting is for the media to support the national plan to strengthen immunization on COVID-19 information, and provide the media with additional sources of information on COVID-19,” she said.
Onitolo said that majority of Nigerians are scared to get the COVID-19 vaccination, as a result of misinformation on their part.
She called on the media to help change the mindset of Nigerians about the deadly COVID-19, and get vaccinated.
According to her, the media must help to build confidence for the people to get vaccinated.