Journalists Brainstorm On Animal To Human Transmitted Diseases
As part of strategies to broaden the knowledge of journalists on the prevailing animal to human transmitted or shared diseases, a training programme has been held in Kaduna. Jointly organized by the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Kaduna State Chapter and Africa Media Development Foundation, the training afforded the participants the opportunity of brainstorming and in turn enlightening the public on the consequences of the zoonotic diseases such as rabies, avian flu, lassa fever, malaria among others.
Declaring the training open, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari pledged the commitment of the government to joining hands with any organization that was always ready to make lives meaningful to the people.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Abdulkadir Kassim, the commissioner said disease control was on the front burner of the government action plan and commended the organizers for the event.
“Any action that would bring positive change to the lives of the people would be seriously pursued by the government,” the commissioner remarked.
Dr. Maigari however advised journalists to always avoid misinformation assuring that the Ministry was ever ready at all times to give information whenever required.
In their separate good will messages, the State Chairman, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association Dr. Yila Umaru said the involvement of the media was in realization of the important role they play in public enlightenment to curtail the prevalent of the diseases.
He observed that educating the journalists means educating the populace and that bringing the media together to acquaint them with the problems associated with zoonetics, was very commendable.
On his part, the Co-ordinator, Africa Media Development Foundation, Mr. Iliya Kure said the organization was all out to train journalists to report from a well informed position as if they (journalists) were even veterinary doctors.
Mr. Kure reminded the participants of the news elements in the course of their reportage, such as the impact, proximity timeliness, prominence, human interest, unusualness and conflict.
Representatives from various relevant agencies including Nigeria Veterinary Research Institute, Vom and Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiases Research, Kaduna attended the training workshop.
Culled from The PenMaster