The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme in collaboration with the Breakthrough ACTION (BA), a USAID-funded project has organised a capacity building workshop for health reporters on reporting and content development for TB in Nigeria.
The Head, Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilisation/Behavioural Change Communication (ACSCC) in TB, Mrs. Itohowo Ukoh, noted that the workshop is intended to draw the attention of health writers, Newspapers and content producers in broadcast media to the reality of TB and its challenges in Nigeria.
She commended the participants for their attendance and passion for the fight against TB.
“The four-day workshop is aimed at building a critical mass of Journalists who would continuously report as well as develop contents that would greatly contribute to increased TB and Leprosy case finding and response in the country.
Mrs. Ukoh gave assurance that with the commitment of the Media and the cooperation of well-informed public, the narrative on TB would change for the better in Nigeria.
The Assistant Director, ACSCC, Mrs. Omolola Shofowora disclosed that some of the challenges in the fight against TB include: low public awareness about TB, poor media coverage, poor health seeking habit and misconceptions, inadequate information and stigmatization, amongst others.
“The training would develop the capacity of the media practitioners and their roles in social behaviour change with regards to Tuberculosis control.”
She charged the participant to regularly produce news, features and disseminate information about Local/National TB control activities.
She further tasked participants on the need to place Tuberculosis issues on the front burner of public discourse.
“The effect of poor policy and legislative environment on TB control activities in Nigeria should be improved.
She also urged them to become good TB advocates and Ambassadors.
The media practitioners were briefed on different topics such as : Understanding the Socio-ecological model and how it affects our environment .
Different resource persons made various presentations on topics such as: Overview of TB situation in Nigeria; Trend in TB case finding in Nigeria and the HCD process.