The Health Ministry, in partnership with UNICEF today held a capacity building workshop for Media Professionals and Health Correspondents of North Eastern States. The workshop was on the current COVID situation in India, the need to bust myths about COVID vaccines and vaccination, and reinforce the importance of COVID appropriate behaviour. Media professionals and health correspondents of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura participated in the workshop virtually.
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry addressed the workshop, which was attended by more than 130 Health Journalists and senior officials of DD News, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau of these States. Mr Agarwal commended media professionals for their sustained efforts in collective fight against COVID- 19. He said that media persons are major influencers of society as they can encourage people to vaccinate and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour. He acknowledged that the media plays a constructive role in overcoming vaccine hesitancy by busting myths and fake news that is widely shared on social media platforms.
Highlighting India’s COVID-19 management strategy, he said that there are three important components of the fight against COVID. These are Community ownership of COVID Appropriate Behaviour, Evidence Based Reporting and Busting Myths on COVID and vaccination.