The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Wednesday called on media practitioners in the country to look more into issues affecting women and children in their reportage to tackle their health problems.
UNICEF and NUJ stated this in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State,during a Multi-Zonal Media Dialogue on Dissemination of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey with Journalists from South East, South South and North Central in attendance.
The media dialogue was organized by the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA) in collaboration with UNICEF.
Speaking at the dialogue, UNICEF communication officer, Dr. Ijeoma Ogwe, said it was organised to galvanise action, and unify with government and persons in positions to take favourable actions for children’s well-being to make more visible plights children.
She described UNICEF as the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, adding that the organisation supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.
In his remarks, Rivers State chairman of NUJ, Comrade Stanley Job, lamented that journalists have abandoned their core responsibilities of advocating for the masses and now focus on politics and politicians for reasons best known to them.
Job said the survey measures various governments’ progress towards national commitments and sustainable development goals.
“The goals are to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular.
“Data are provided on child mortality, health, nutrition, education, child and social protection, women’s health care, empowerment and vaccination coverage provided through the health systems.
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