Journalists from different media houses in Dowa District on Friday underwent training in reporting Ebola outbreaks.
Speaking in an interview, Dowa district health officer Peter Makoza said it is important for journalists to be knowledgeable about Ebola because they relay messages about the disease to the public.
“If journalists are enlightened on the disease, they will be able to disseminate correct information about it. Among others, people should know the right information and how it can be transmitted,” he said.
Makoza said the training was organised against the background that the district hosts refugees from countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo where the disease has been reported.
“Government has provided us with necessary equipment and from this week, we will be screening anyone seeking asylum in the district before integrating them in our communities,” he said.
One of the journalists who attended the training, Aunyango Nkhoma from Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) described the training as an eye-opener, saying it broadened his knowledge about the disease.
The training attracted journalists from media houses such as ZBS, Malawi News Agency, MIJ Radio and Yetu Community Radio.