Reverend Alexander Mireku, Effiduase District Pastor of the Church of Pentecost, has praised Ghanaian media for their immense role in the fight against COVID-19.
He said journalists and media practitioners in the country had continuously worked to fill the communication gap between government and health officials and the citizenry, especially those in rural communities on the pandemic.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at Effiduase, Rev. Mireku said: “The public’s eyes and ears, as well as their feelings, are all geared towards what journalists and the media are communicating to them, especially in this pandemic moment of COVID-19, which is affecting our nation. This shows how relevant journalism and media have been to us”, he noted.
Rev. Mireku stressed the need for the government and other relevant stakeholders to prioritize support for media practitioners, by providing the requisite protective gears to prevent journalists who feed the people with update information on the pandemic, from contracting the virus.
“I am mostly always considering how journalists take the braveness of risking their lives to get to hotspots of the COVID-19 to fetch necessary information for the public in order to prevent the spread of the disease, and save lives. They really deserve commendation”, he emphasized.
Rev. Mireku called on religious organizations, traditional authorities, civil society organizations as well as non-government organizations, to support journalists in their communities to provide the needed information for the people.