WHO Trains Health Promotion Officers On Infodemic


The World Health Organisation, in collaboration with Yobe Government, organised a two-day training for health promotion officers on infodemic.

The WHO State Coordinator, Dr. Nuhu Ningi, while addressing participants on Wednesday in Damaturu, said the training is necessary to empower health promotion officers across the 17 local government areas of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that infodemic is a rapid and far-reaching spread of both accurate and inaccurate information about something, such as a disease.

Infodemic also means an excessive amount of information, usually not trustworthy, which spreads fast, hindering reliable solutions.

Such information includes false or misleading stories in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak.

The WHO coordinator, therefore, said that the training of health promotion officers is apt, for the prevention and prompt response to the outbreak to curtail morbidity.

Ningi explained that correct and sound information is vital in the transformation of how situations are approached, especially outbreaks in communities.

He added that “when we have distorted information, which is not grounded in science and reason, it will be difficult to curtail the outbreak of diseases in the community.

“So, your role as health promotion officers is to provide necessary correct information on how diseases occur, how to prevent the occurrence and how to remain safe during disasters or outbreak situations.”

The WHO official also advised participants to pay attention during the training to ensure successful deliberations.

Dr. Kundi Machina, the Executive Secretary, Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board, commended WHO for its collaboration

with the state government.

He said at the end of the training workshop, participants should be able to provide appropriate and adequate information

on risk communication and how best to curtail various forms of epidemic diseases across the state. 

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