COVID-19: Sokoto partners with media on measures to curtail the spread

By: Ismail Umar, Sokoto 

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The Sokoto State Taskforce Committee Chairman on COVID-19 and the Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname, has restated more commitments to partner with the media as a tool for disseminating relevant information to general public.

Dr Inname restated the development at a one day strategic meeting organised to strengthen partnership between the media and the COVID-19 committee in Sokoto.

He said the meeting would allow media to coordinate the activities of constituted taskforce committee and that of ministry of health in general.

“To ensure that this fight against COVID-19 is well coordinated, to have very clear message by the media houses and also to share with them the activities of the committee as well as to get feedback from them towards the improvement elsewhere on communication to general public,” the Commissioner said.

Dr Inname explained that coordination was key in the fight against corona virus and other health related diseases in general, as a result the attention of the committee was drawn to strengthen partnership with media as a stakeholders to ensure proper and well organised ways to follow in educating public on the efforts of government in the fight against the deadly virus in the State.

He appreciated the media for indication of need for government to assist them taking cognisance of the high recurrent expenditure in terms of managing their outfits.

He assured the media outfits that he will brief, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and definitely he would consider their required support.

Dr Inname commended media organizations and other corporate bodies for their support in kind and in cash in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the State.

The Commissioner urged the media to continue to support government programmes and policies for the overall health benefits of general public across the State.

In a related development, five National Assembly members also donated N3 million to the Chairman COVID-19 taskforce committee in the State, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname.

Honourable Mani Maishinko presented the cash on behalf of other members. He said they decided to contribute their own quota toward fight against the deadly disease for the health benefits of the state.

He commended the committee for their efforts towards ensuring the State still remain virus free.

Honourable Maishinko who represent Binji/Silame Federal Constituency of the State use the medium and urged people to continue to adhere with preventive measures to ensure no outbreak recorded in the State.

Receiving the donation, the Chairman of the Committee described the gesture as timely and thanked the members for the support.

He assured them that the money would be used judiciously in an appropriate way to fight the pandemic and other related diseases in the state.

The Commissioner called on all citizens to continue to support the fight against the pandemic either in cash or in kind as doors are open always.

The members that donated the money include Senator Representing Sokoto South Senatorial District, Senator Ibrahim Danbaba, N1 million, member representing Silame/Binji , Mani Maishinko Katami, Sokoto South/ North, Abubakar Abdullahi, Sabon Birni/ Isa, Sa’idu Bargaja, and that of Dange- Shuni/ Tureta and Bodinga, Dr Balarabe Kakale donated N500,000 each.

 

Dominica Nwabufo