• Sunday, Mar 23, 2008
In a bid to make women and children the centrepiece of its activities in Africa particularly in Nigeria, the United Nations Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has called on media practitioners in the country to give prominence to issues concerning women and children.
The body gave the charge during a one-day zonal dialogue with journalists drawn from different media organisations organised by the UNICEF Enugu A-field in conjunction with the Akwa Ibom State government at Links Hotel, Owerri last Tuesday.
After painstakingly deliberating on issues of maternal mortality, child rights and the media, the participants rose from the meeting and expressed deep concern over the high morbidity and mortality rate of women and children in Africa especially in Nigeria, and advocated more collaborative effort by all stakeholders to reduce the rate so as to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 2015.
They equally called on journalists and media organisations to give prominence to issues concerning the health of children and women.