Nigerian Journalists have resolved to report and promote issues bordering on the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
At a 3-day workshop organized by the Journalists Alliance for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transimission of HIV/Aids (JAPIN) in Calabar, Cross River State, the journalists drawn from various media organizations across the country called on government to make available accurate data to aid in the reportage of issues.
They expressed dissatisfaction at the fact that sometimes, government officials are unavailable when specific data is needed for particular stories, prompting them to search for and use information sourced from the internet.
One of the workshop facilitators, an HIV/AIDS Specialist and a senior representative of UNICEF, Dr Abiola Davies urged journalists to read wide, get accurate data on issues of PMTCT/eMTCT and attend training workshops where there are clear evidences that can give credence to their reports on HIV/AIDS.
The National Coordinator of JAPIN and Health Editor with Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Sola Ogundipe enjoined Journalists to network with their peers and utilize the advantages of the information available on the internet and the social media to stay abreast of happenings in reporting on issues of PMTCT.
The workshop had over 40 journalists drawn from media organizations across Nigeria.