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Boko Haram: 20000 people died of health related issues in the North-east – WHO

The World Health Organisation ( WHO) has said that over 20,000 people have died of health related issues  in the ongoing Boko haram insurgents’ activities in the Northeast geo- political zone.

This was
disclosed on Tuesday by Dr. Jerry Pantuvo while presenting paper at a two day
workshop organised for journalists in North-east, in Yola Adamawa state.

With a theme
‘Reporting Health issues during emergencies’ the workshop was aimed at
reviewing, reintegrating the importance of reporting health issues and reshaping
the journalists skills.

Also
speaking, Adamawa state Coordinator of WHO Dr. Iyobosa Igbinovia explained that
the training is in line with their commitments to partner with media to address
the health challenges bedeviling the country.

He further
explained that, the feedback they are getting is below expectations hence the
need to keep on engaging the media to ensure that the right information is disseminated
to the public.

In her
opening remarks, the state commissioner of health Dr.Fatima Atiku Abubakar
lauded WHO for its various interventions in the health sectors and expressed
satisfaction with the cordial relationship between the state government, WHO
and media for their collective efforts of educating the people on how to
overcome health related issues.

She charged
media practitioners in the state and other parts of the country to focus more
on educating the public on preventing measures to enable them take
precautionary steps before incidences happened that might lead to needless loss
of lives.

Even as he
also implored media practitioners to utilize the opportunity provided by the
workshop to improved their health reporting skills to served humanity better.

The workshop
bring together journalists from the 3 North-east states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa
and other parts of the country who are expected to brainstorm on how best to
report health related issues.

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