Journalists skilled on effective coverage of the Ebola Virus Disease.

by Wills Kajuna

The ministry of health has commended the role played by the media in educating the public on prevention and management of Ebola virus diseases outback in Kasanda and Mubende districts.

Addressing the journalists from Ankole region during a one-day media training on effective coverage of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda at Lake View Resort Hotel Mbarara, the ministry of health public relations officer Emmanuel Ainebyoona noted that the community has been sensitized and mobilized.

However, Ainebyoona asked journalists to always validate and critically verify information before sharing and reporting the stories to avoid misinformation and mistrust.

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The coordinator for the World Health Organization in the South Western region Dr Mukiibi Micheal revealed that early identification of cases and treatment of symptoms greatly increase the chances of survival since Ebola has not yet got therapeutics.

The official from The African Centre for Media Excellence (A.C.M.E) Clare Nuhindo called upon media players to always spread accurate and effective reporting on Ebola outbreaks saying that inaccurate reports can create crisis and anxiety in the community.

The training that attracted over 30 journalists was aimed at equipping journalists with basic information on Ebola virus disease to enable accurate, responsible and ethical reporting on the outbreaks to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation.

It was organised by The African Centre for Media Excellence (A.C.M.E) with support from UNICEF, WHO and the ministry of health.

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