Friday, 17 July 2020

Ekpenyong warns of immenent danger over low reportage of other diseases, except COVID-19

2nd July, 2020, CALABAR 

Since the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic, little campaigns are been made to promote other services in health institutions which expert says ,could overwhelm the nation if urgent steps are not taken.

This is why the Cross River State Government is calling on operators of different media houses to diversify their focus in their news reporting to create more awareness on other diseases rather than Concentrating solely on the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Director General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr.Janet Ekpenyong stated this in a workshop organized for representatives of different media houses on effective ways of reporting  infectious diseases which is still ravaging the lives of citizens.

Ekpenyong said, with high mortality rate still reported on other common diseases, the lone attention given to Covid19 may become catastrophic as she said the state and nation cannot afford to handle another pandemic after the ease of the global Corona Virus.

She said part of the attention should be shifted to actualizing a 100% immunization coverage across the state and country on all vaccine preventable diseases still killing children under 5 years old.

Dr. Ekpenyong said the health Sector is leveraging on the media to reach out to those at the grassroots level to visit the hospitals for proper medication as heath workers are available to provide health services with all preventive measures on Covid-19 pandemic put in place.