Media practitioners drawn from the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northen, Upper East and Upper West Regions, have ended a two-day training to update their skill on HIV and AIDS reporting at Ejisu in the Ashanti region.
The programme was a follow-up of one held at Atimpoku in November last year, for journalists in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta, Central and Western Regions.
Organised by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and sponsored by the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), the workshop which was in line with the GJA project,’ Using the Media to create awareness on HIV and AIDS’, sought to equip the participants with the necessary skill in health reporting with emphasis on HIV and AIDS.
At the official opening ceremony held here, Mr. Affail Monney, Vice President of the GJA, bemoaned the increasing trend of pornography in the media which he believed contributed to the spread of HIV and AIDS as well as the promotion of other social vices like homosexuality and teenage pregnancy.
He noted that pornography and politics were given prominence in the media at the expense of critical issues like health a trend which posed a threat to Ghana’s economy.
To ensure the promotion of HIV and AIDS reportage, he said the GJA in collaboration with the GAC had instituted an award for the best HIV and AIDS reporter to be given at the forthcoming GJA national awards ceremony in August.
Dr. Angela El-Adas, Director General, GAC, who opened the programme, said the commission sponsored it because it realised the close relationship between journalism and HIV & AIDS education.
She said journalists had a responsibility towards the building of a healthy country and their ability to join in the HIV and AIDS campaign could help fight ignorance, stigma and negative attitude towards HIV and AIDS patients.