Gulu RDC Tells Journalists To Vaccinate Against Covid-19

Acholi journalists pose for a group photo with after the training

BY WALTER KUMIRA

GULU: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

The Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Stephen Odong Latek, has asked journalists within Acholi Region to follow standard operating procedures and vaccinate against Coronavirous in order to remain safe.

Odong made the call on Tuesday while opening a capacity building workshop organized by the Uganda Human Rights Commissions at Pearl Afrique hotel in Gulu City.

He said that it’s wise for each journalist to vaccinate against Coronavirous and keep safe when it’s still early because the government is adapting a tough policy of dismissing from public service people who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

The RDC castigated the negative attitude of some members of the public who claim that not getting vaccinated is their right.

“There is no issue of violation of human rights when it comes to vaccination against Coronavirous because when you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 it puts public health at risk,” he said.

Kamadi Byonabye, the director of Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), encouraged journalists to always remember to follow all measures instituted by the ministry of health to combat Covid-19 as they do their journalistic work.

Nicholas Ogwang, the Gulu Regional Human Rights officer, said Coronavirous is real therefore journalists must abide by the measures to fight it.

He warned that if a journalist gets Covid-19, the disease is likely to reach many people due to the nature of their work in the society.

Ogwang also urged media practitioners to spread the gospel of Coronavirus and also involve the aspect of human rights while reporting.

The one day training which was organised by the UHRC with the aim of building the capacity of journalists on covering human rights issues attracted over 20 media practitioners.

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