By Aggrey Twesigye
Thirty Journalists from Ankole region have been orientated on how to report on epidemics including the Ongoing Sudanese Ebola Virus Disease.
A one-day sensitization workshop which attracted journalists from different media houses took place on Tuesday at Lake View Resort Hotel, Mbarara City
The orientation workshop was organized by the Ministry of Health Supported by World Health Organization and UNICEF, facilitated by African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).
Specifically, during the orientation, journalists were given updates on the Sudanese Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and strategies that the government is using to tame the epidemic.
As of Tuesday; November 8, the number of confirmed patient cases had risen to 136, with a total of 53 deaths and about 62 recoveries.
The Senior Public Relations Officer of the Health Ministry Emmanuel Ainebyoona, said eight regional meetings will be held with about 30 participants in each to discuss the same issues.
This means a total of 340 journalists will be equipped with knowledge and skills on how to report on Ebola Virus Disease.
He applauded the journalists for the great partnership between the health sector and the press.
Ainebyoona commended journalists’ role on Reporting about epidemics and thus rallied them to desist from myth and misconception of information regarding Ebola Virus Disease.
Dr. Michael Mukibi the Coordinator World Health Organization South Western Region commended journalists for the selfless spirit they exhibited when the Covid 19 Pandemic hit.
He argued Journalists to continue working closely with the ministry Of health and World Health Organization(WHO) to fight the Ebola Virus Disease.
Clare Muhindo a facilitator at African Centre for Media Excellence rallied Journalists to promote good reputation of their Journalistic career through reporting accurate information regarding Ebola Virus Disease.
Fred Turyakira Kabango a journalist with New Vision appreciated the workshop as it shaped him on how to report about epidemics.