Malawi Red Cross Society has urged journalists in Karonga to disseminate the right information on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Red Cross Karonga district coordinator Blessings Mlowoka said this on Saturday during a media training on Covid-19 reporting.
He said: “When Karonga Press Club approached us to facilitate the training, we came in quickly because there is a mutual relationship between the media and us.
“We, therefore, want the media to help address misconceptions and myths about the pandemic among community members.”
On his part, Karonga District director of health and social services David Sibale commended the media for communicating Covid-19 preventive messages.
“Karonga, being a border district, cannot fight the pandemic without support from the media,” he said.
Sibale, however, appealed to people to continue observing precautionary measures.
Karonga Press Club chairperson Andrew Mkonda Banda said the training provided an opportunity for journalists to enrich their skills in as far as Covid-19 reporting was concerned.
“I hope journalists have gained new skills on how to report about Covid-19,” he said.
Karonga has so far registered 83 Covid-19 cases with 79 recoveries and four deaths.
The capacity building was supported by Irish Aid and United Nations Children’s Fund.