The Nigerian media has been hailed for playing a major role in containing Ebola in the country, following its intensive education and awareness publications during the outbreak of the virus.
The Vice Chancellor of the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Isaac Adeyemi, declared this during a press conference heralding the 6th convocation ceremony of the institution.
He said the media in Nigeria deserved special recognition given how journalists educated Nigerians on ways to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Mr. Adeyemi, a professor of food technology, said, “I want to specially, on behalf of 170 million Nigerians thank the Nigerian men and women in the pen profession for your efforts at containing the Ebola virus outbreak in the country.
“If WHO could certify that Nigeria has contained the virus, I believe much of that credit should go to the Nigerian media.”
The vice-chancellor, however, warned those in positions of authority not to rest on their oars.
“The media informed us through continuous awareness campaign in the media and reported activities of government so much so that while other developed countries are grappling with the problem, the highest health body on earth gave us a clean bill of health. Some of these developed countries are even trying to understudy Nigeria in that respect. Once again thank you,” Mr. Adeyemi said.
He stressed that, efforts should be directed at improving sanitation, upgrading of primary health care delivery system and development of vaccines for both prevention and treatment of Ebola.
Meanwhile, the university will on November 1 turn out 326 graduates across the six colleges of the institution with 18 of them to bag First Class Honours. The week long activity will be kicking off on Wednesday,October 29 till Saturday, November 1.