By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has released a guide for journalists in Africa on reporting the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was conveyed in a statement signed by AMDF Executive Director, Iliya Kure, made available on Friday March 20, 2020.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 31, 2020. Following further assessment, it raised its global risk from “high” to “very high” on February 28, and finally declared it a pandemic on March 11.
“Journalists can visit AMDF’s website to read the guide by clicking on this link https://amdf-centre.org/2020/03/amdf-tips-for-african-journalists-reporting-covid-19/
“The guide also contains useful resources for journalists from the World Health Organisation,” it said.
AMDF said that in general cases of health emergencies, the number one priority of the media is to provide accurate information on the whole situation; i.e. what is happening and the ongoing emergency efforts by relevant authorities.
“This should also include provision of credible information and guidance to forestall spread of rumours and misinformation, as well as direct people to appropriate health centres, where they can find help when needed,” it concluded.