By Brighton Phiri
MISA Zambia has asked Ministry of Health and Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to assist journalists in Zambia with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect them from contracting and spreading COVID 19.
MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale said Journalists should be considered as front liners who need to have proper equipment to protect themselves as they carry out the important task of keeping the nation informed.
‘We have noted with much sadness how journalists are being sidelined when it comes to PPE assistance in the country despite their constant exposure to environments that may result into contracting COVID 19 during the course of their duty,” said Mwale.
She said her organization was concerned with the lack of response by the DMMU to a letter they wrote requesting them to donate PPE to journalists in Zambia.
Mwale reminded government that journalists were people who not only provide the public with the much needed life-saving information on COVID 19 but on many other key national issues hence the need for them to be protected.
“Suffice to say MISA Zambia has donated a few PPE to several media houses, however we are limited in capacity,” she said.
She said MISA believes once the PPE are availed to the media, they will go a long way in protecting journalists as they keep the nation abreast with developments in the fight against the virus.
She explained that MISA Zambia had made the appeal based on recent reports that indicated that most media houses were not spared by COVID 19 pandemic.