Nigeria: UNICEF tasks media to lead campaign against Meningitis outbreak
By Mohammad Ibrahim
May 1, Abuja: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) tasked Media to lead the campaign against the Meningitis epidemic in Nigeria. UNICEF expressed the importance of media taken the front role in the fight against the outbreak of the disease which has so far killed more than 800 people. Five Northern States were the most affected in Northern Nigeria with Zamfara and Sokoto States recording highest deaths and confirmed cases.
External and Media Relation Officer, UNICEF, Rabiu Musa disclosed this in Sokoto at a stakeholders mobilisation meeting to kick-start CSM vaccination campaign in the State Northwest part of the country. "The media can sensitize community members on the importance of their active engagement and involvement in CSM activities to achieve greater integrated results." "media can also generate political commitment for CSM support and initiatives for increased funding, engage in physical monitoring by policy makers. "Ensure that governments fulfill their obligations for improved CSM campaign activities e.g. flag offs and providing directions to other key stakeholders. "Advocate for adequate budgetary provisions for CSM activities.
Ensure that producers, reporters and editors bring CSM issues to the front burner." he said. The Media Relations Officer emphasized that by constantly informing and educating the people on CSM and steps to prevent the scourge, the media will become the champion when the fight is finally won.
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