The Youth Affairs National Secretary of the Ghana United Nations Association, GUNA, Samuel Bamidele Ojo, has lauded the role of journalists in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that the media have not reneged on their responsibilities.
Recounting the continuous life threatening risks, journalists take as they interview infected persons, follow contact tracers, publish activities of frontline workers and intensify public education as well as amplify the drumbeat on the dangers of the pandemic, Mr. Ojo stressed that their efforts must never be downplayed.
Mr. Bamidele Ojo said this in an interview with the Ghanaian Voice in Accra when he presented food items to journalists from some identified media houses in the Accra and Tema.
The food items included; sacks of rice, cooking oil, canned fish, spaghetti, bottled water, assorted soft drinks among other items to motivate media personnel in championing their operations.
He stated that the media had played a pivotal role in fighting COVID-19 since its outbreak and has been able to bring out information from the grounds across the country and disseminate to the public.
Mr. Bamidele Ojo pointed out that GUNA also sees the media as front liners in this crisis, albeit the government has not positioned them among the beneficiaries of the packages spelt out for the health personnel.
He therefore urged the media not to relent in its efforts in educating and informing the public about the devastating effect the disease could have on the country.
Mr. Bamidele Ojo encouraged other organisations and individuals to also emulate the gesture to support journalists in the country in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
He however commended President Akufo-Addo for his bold decision in lifting the lockdown in some parts of the country saying; though it is not a sign of total recovery from the pandemic, Ghanaians must remain resolute in adhering to the WHO and GHS protocols.
Mr. Bamidele Ojo therefore cautioned the citizenery to continue to observe the social distancing protocols, regular hand washing with soap under running water, frequent use of hand sanitizer as well as put on nose mask.
He reiterated the need for all to stay home if there’s nothing pressing to do in town to prevent further spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease.
By: Paul Mamattah