No few than 20 media practitioners in Plateau state have received an intensive training on media advocacy for family planing to better their reportage.
The 3 day training held at Crispan Hotel Rayfield, Jos, the Plateau State capital in collaboration with the Plateau State Ministry of Health, The Challenge Initiative TCI and Development Communication Network Devcoms.
The trained centered on media approach to addressing myths and misconceptions about family planing, family planing as a tool for sustainable development and understanding terminologies in Maternal Health, family planing and adolescent reproductive Health.
The media practitioners were also trained on the introduction to life planing for adolescent and youths/ adolescent reproductive health, ethical issues in health reporting, media involvement in reducing maternal and child mortality in Nigeria , policy environment for family planing in Nigeria and writing compelling human angle stories on family planing.
In their separate presentations, the facilitators, a media guru from Development Communication Network (Devcoms), Mr. Akin Jimoh, Dr. Philemon Yohanna, the State Programme Coordinator of The Challenge Initiative and Winifred Zechariah, the Technical Support Lead Service Delivery of TCI all underscored the role of the media in achieving a family planing society.
On a field trip to Bukuru Central Primary Healthcare and Bukuru Express Primary Healthcare all in Jos South Local Government Area, the participants interacted with service providers and clients who shared their success stories and testimonies on family planing.
The clients affirmed that the services are free and expressed satisfaction with the services of the service providers in the facilities.
At the end of the 3 day training, Certificates and some books on family planing were presented to the participants.
The training was aimed at facilitating the role of media in enhancing policy commitment, actions and community support for increased access to quality family planing information and services in Plateau and 7 other states.