COVID 19: Conference tasks journalists on mental health reportage

Mr Godwin Odemijie, Board Chairman, Nigeria Health Journalists, on Friday, tasked journalists to focus more on issues of mental health currently affecting many Nigerians in their reportage.

Odemijie made call at two-day Annual Conference of Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ), taking place in Auta Balefi, Nasarawa State on Friday.

conference has as theme; “ confidence on COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria beyond 2021: Role of Media”

He advised journalists to cultivate habit of writing more investigative and human angle stories to curb rising cases of mental health due to current global harsh realities.

According to him, lots of Nigerians are suffering from mental health without knowing it because of inadequate information on issue.

“Mental health is a big issue in country now and nobody is talking about it.

“Journalists need to focus on mental health for detection,” he said.

Odemijie tasked journalists on digging deeper into contemporary issues instead of relying on press statements in informing public.

Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, expressed disappointment that agencies such as those in charge of COVID-19 were not represented at conference.

Ogbeche, who expressed appreciation to international organisations who were supporting conference, noted that refusal by many Nigerians to accept the COVID-19 vaccine was due to religious, ethnic and political factors.

“As journalists, we must work talk, we must be seen to believe what we preach as will encourage people to get vaccinated. (NAN)