Refrain From Stigmatizing COVID-19 Survivors, Nawoj Pleads
The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Lagos State Chapter, has begged Nigerians to stop the stigmatization of COVID-19 survivors but show more love based on the mental stress they had passed through in isolation centers.
NAWOJ made this plea in the early hours of Thursday.
According to the Chairperson of the association , Comrade Adeola Ekine, survivors of COVID-19, just like any other infectious diseases should not be stigmatized by family members, neighbours, friends and even in the community.
Ekine said some videos were shared by those who have been infected in Lagos State to show that Corona virus is not a death sentence but a virus that should be taken serious, adding that survivors should not be treated like plagues that should be disregarded.
She was quick to point out that continuous and regular hand washing and social distancing as recommended by health professionals are very necessary during this challenging time.
She urged journalists to target children in their news coverage as they could also be infected and it is important for them to understand what is obtainable in situations like this.
“Beyond reporting about the number of deaths and those that have been infected, we need to ensure that our messaging about COVID-19 targets children so they can be well informed.”