The Bayelsa State government has increased efforts to upgrade risk communication activities on COVID-19 to reduce the spread of the virus.
The Director Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Stow Jones made this known on Wednesday at the Risk Communications Assessment and Capacity Development Meeting in Yenagoa.
He praised the tireless efforts of the state’s risk communication team in ensuring that the public was well informed about the preventive measures which helped to curb the spread of the virus.
Dr. Stow also commended the efforts of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele for his support and innovations that have gotten the state to the current level of progress.
The National Coordinator of the Risk Communication Pillar, Mr. Yahya Disu, represented by Dr. Chijioke Kaduru applauded the state’s response so far and highlighted ways in which their work can be improved.
He called for constant innovations, audience segmentation and a system of debunking rumours and misinformation as well as receiving feedback from the public.
The State Anchor, Corona Management System, Ms. Ganiyat Eshikena coordinated an assessment of the state’s risk communication activities so far for a more defined response in the future.
In his remarks, the State Coordinator of the Risk Communication Pillar, Dr. Wilcox Izibeya thanked the facilitators, noting that the state has been positioned for greater effectiveness in their work.
He said constant training of personnel will be done as well as proper plans put in place such that funds will be used judiciously for the benefit of all. Also present at the meeting were social mobilization officers and health promotion officers from the local government areas across the state.