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CSOs urge media to help dispel COVID-19 myths

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The need for media practitioners to go extra legitimate miles in dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has become a source of concern to Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH), the grantee of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Taraba State.

The CSOs, which include the Centre for Initiative and Development (CFID), Maigodiya Centre for Youth Development (MCYD) and Taraba Youth Progressive Association (TYPA), made the call yesterday during the URBAN-WASH media network quarterly review.

It expressed dismay at the way some learned citizens had been going about frustrating the fight against the pandemic.

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Executive chairman of CFID, Danjuma Adda, who observed the enormous challenges confronting COVID-19, said the organisation had gone extra miles to train no fewer than 15 CSOs to enlighten the public on the danger of not adhering to the precautionary measures.

According to her, the organisation has as well mapped put plans to engage members of the National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) to further dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding the pandemic.

Adda believes that all hands must be on deck to address the factors discouraging the people, especially those in the rural areas, from adhering to the guidelines.

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“We need to do more using community structures,” he added.

Observing that the challenges also had to do with public perception, he felt sad that some learned people, who ought to educate the public on the pandemic, were the ones frustrating the fight by going as far as tweeting wrong information on COVID-19 to the public.

He passionately appealed to the media to assist in ensuring that people got the right information that would prevent them from contracting the virus.

Aligning with Adda, the leadership of MCYD and TYPA believed that without the media at the forefront, the fight against the pandemic would turn out a mirage.

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They urged the media to use their platforms to reach out to the rural dwellers with the much-needed information, which they believed were being denied the people by a privileged few.

The grantees helping the state, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to implement its water projects also lauded the efforts of the media in ensuring that the projects saw the light of day.

Organised by the Taraba Water and Sewage Corporation (TAWASCO) with support from USAID, the meeting brought together print and electronic media practitioners from across the country.

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