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IHVN Trains Health Reporters


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To broaden the knowledge of health reporters on current issues in prevention, care and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis, and equip them to sensitize the public, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has trained over 20 health reporters in Abuja.

IHVN Director/ Head of Department, Prevention, Care and treatment, Dr. Ernest Ekong, who welcomed participants to the one day seminar, likened the media to a town crier whose role is important. “Where wrong information is disseminated, it can lead people astray. Both local and international media play a vital role in information dissemination, therefore the media must be educated regularly to understand the disease.”

Dr. Ekong said that the media can actively contribute towards the achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target decided in 2014 to ensure that 90% of the population know their status and out of that percentage, 90% should be placed on anti-retroviral drugs and 90% of those on treatment should have their virus suppressed by 2020. “That date has been moved to 2030 and it is now 95-95-95 target.” He added that the media can sensitize people about HIV and the need to get tested.

imagesAlso at the seminar, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at University College, London, Prof. Ravindra Gupta spoke about his recent research that lead to the second HIV remission worldwide. “The procedure was very complicated and technical, it had its challenges but it looks to be successful so far,” he said.

There were several presentations from staff of IHVN to help reporters understand several ongoing HIV programs and the activities of the Institute in several states in Nigeria.

Reporters at the training said the training was beneficial. Liberty TV reporter Godwin Amunde said that, “I must confess, the seminar was fruitful and very impacting. It availed some of us the opportunity to know what we never knew on HIV/AIDS/TB and your Institute. “Another reporter, John Emmanuel, a reporter from Cool FM , 92.1 said “The program was a huge eye opener” on areas requiring media reportage.

Certificates of participation were issued to all the reporters present.

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