Abuja - The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged journalists in the country to be agents of awareness creation on the Ebola virus.
The call was made in a statement signed by Ifeyinwa Omowole, National President of the association.
Omowole said that for the spread of the virus to be contained, there must be concerted effort by all stakeholders, including media practitioners, in that direction.
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“NAWOJ calls on all journalists and media houses to help in the fight against the Ebola virus by creating awareness on how to prevent its spread especially in the rural areas.”
“The Ebola virus may have come into the country under avoidable circumstances but this is no time to trade blames or take sides with doctors or the government.”
“It is a time for journalists to report on issues that will lead to the containment of the virus.”
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“As mothers, we would not like to see our husbands, children, sisters and brothers die of this scourge that has sneaked in on us.”
“We all should, therefore, work assiduously to ensure that everyone around us is informed about the virus and how to prevent it,” she said.
She also called on doctors to shelve their personal interest and come to the aid of Nigeria, stressing that government had already shown commitment to their safety by procuring more personal protective gears.
Omowole decried the situation where some Nigerians take too lightly, the scourge of the virus and played pranks with misguided harmful information which some persons may believe.
“We must endeavour not to make this worse than it already is by spreading rumour, which may only lead to more health challenges just as the salt-water anti-Ebola therapy did.”
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“We want to call on all Nigerians to put national interest above self interests; we should not hide family members, who may show signs of the virus as we are not only endangering our lives but the lives of many other Nigerians.”
“We commend all the doctors and other health workers who continue to risk their lives to save the lives of many other Nigerians; we, Nigerians, can only thank them by playing our part in the fight against Ebola.”
“We must all take a unanimous stand to fight this virus and contain it; containing it is as much an individual effort as it is a collective effort.”
“Government cannot do it alone if we all do not assist by being vigilant, taking precaution and adhering to all the advice of the medical practitioners.”
“The association is also using this opportunity to commend the Federal Government and some state governments for promptly responding to the scourge,” she said.