Media asked to join tobacco fight

By Emmanuel Opio

Statistics from World Health Organisation show there are one billion smokers worldwide and Tobacco kills seven million people annually.

Media practitioners in Teso sub-region have been asked to put more emphasis on health stories, which target the enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

This was revealed during a capacity-building training for media practitioners organised by Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA) held at Etop Radio in Soroti Municipality on Thursday.

The training under the theme: “Communication empowerment for media and health practitioners”, targeted presenters, reporters, editors and sale persons.

Richard Baguma, the UHCA co-ordinator, said the media has paid less priority to the dangers of tobacco use.
“Tobacco is ignored, yet it causes tuberculosis, which is a killer disease. It is high time you started reporting about the dangers of tobacco to sensitise people on the need to stop smoking” Baguma said.

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