By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The media can greatly influence positive attitudes that can reduce the cases of malaria in pregnant women.
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) Coordinator, Sekyen Dadik stated this at a Media Round Table on 2019 World Malaria Day with a theme: ‘Zero Malaria Starts With Me’, held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State secretariat on Wednesday April 24, 2019.
She said that the media can speak accurately on issues through information gathered from experts.
“Once people get adequate information on the disease, they will take preventive measures.
“We can help report on intervention and women can know they can get such things for free,” she said.
Speaking further at the event with a sub theme: ‘End Malaria in Pregnant Women’, she said that those selling the ‘not to be sold’ items for malaria will take caution when they know the media’s searchlight is beamed on them and do the right thing.
“And when they still go ahead and sell, we can report it and those found guilty can be punished,” she added.
She stressed that through awareness in news stories, media can enlighten public, while through feature write ups, they can provide details.
“We can do human angle stories that can touch the heart, like that of a woman who lost a baby through malaria.
” If someone reads such, she would take precautions because she wants to save her baby.
“Women like to relate to experiences so when they hear success stories of other women, they can key into them.
“Thank God we have radio, TV, print and Online media here, so with such news, awareness will be created,” she pointed out.