With the support of the United Nations Population Fund [UNPFA], the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) yesterday, December 3rd, kicked off a 2-day health workshop for journalists in the country at the Market Place on Carey Street.
The workshop is intended to educate journalists on reporting on health issues, mainly maternal mortality.
The UNPFA looks at maternal mortality as a major issue that reporters should report on in the media.
Speaking to journalists during the opening program, the Assistant Representative of UNFP] in Liberia, Dr. Philderald Pratt called on journalists to report on health and reproductive issues as they concern everybody. He added that it is through the media the issue of maternal mortality can be heard.
Dr. Pratt called on journalists not to only report on politics, but should also look at the social and economic side of the country as well.
PUL president Peter Quaqua lauded the UNFPA for the support and challenged participants to take advantage of the opportunity and arm themselves with the right kind of information to reach out to the public.
Meanwhile Professor James Wolo of the University Of Liberia Mass Communication Department called on journalists reporting on maternal health to be able to explain the facts of the matter clearly, noting that they should avoid making any assumptions.
He made emphasis on reporters avoiding the use of big languages in there reporting.
Maternal health related topics covered included the health of women during pregnancy, child birth, and postpartum period.