Access to Accurate Info Empower Afghans to Fight Against Coronavirus: UNAMA

Access to accurate information helps reduce anxiety and serves to empower Afghanistan’s communities in the fight against COVID-19, said participants in a recent series of UNAMA-backed radio programmes broadcast across the country.

UNAMA in a press release said in the pre-recorded interactive shows, which have so far aired in six provinces, health experts and radio hosts answered questions posed by local residents and discussed the importance of media conveying facts to communities that cannot otherwise access reliable information about the health crisis.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has a major impact on mental health, causing depression, anxiety and panic,” said Dr. Jamal Alavi, the head of COVID-19 provincial taskforce in Bamyan, in one of the programmes broadcast in the central highlands province. “Access to reliable information is crucial in helping to ease tension and reduce mental disorders in Afghanistan’s communities.”

The press release added that
during the programmes, hosts also talked about the impact of social distancing and long periods of isolation caused by COVID-19, and discussed the importance of fostering a collective sense of responsibility in getting through the health crisis, including by sharing reliable information.

18 / May 2020
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