Coronavirus: Local Media Urged To Guard Against Fear And Panic

The Ghana Medical Association has cautioned the local media to be circumspect in the dissemination of news and information concerning the outbreak of the corona virus disease, in the country.

According to the GMA, the sensational manner and inaccuracies could lead to fear and panic, which would be counter productive. This is yet another call for the local media to be wary of the factual inaccuracies and conjectures which is threatening the smooth management of the outbreak.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, after a stakeholders engagement involving Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and other agencies to deliberate on the Ministry’s programming support through the media, the Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Titus Neyuo said news and information in this crucial period must follow cation and the necessary protocols before being made public, and advised the media to cross check their facts before publishing.

On his part, the minister of information used the occasion to appeal to retailers of personal preventive equipment such as hand sanitisers not to be profiteering from this global pandemic.

The Lead member of the Public Health and Communication committee, Dr Marc Dzradosi gave an update on what his outfit has been up to and used the opportunity to condemn the current price hikes of some people.


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