UNICEF and NCDC organize seminar for media representatives to discuss COVID-19 related issues
Telavi, Georgia, 27 September 2020 – 25 media representatives from the main national broadcaster and Kakheti regional media outlets participated in a two-day seminar organized by the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), with the support from UNICEF and USAID. The seminar aimed at informing journalists about the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Issues including the COVID-19 management plan within the health system, the global health challenges related to COVID-19, vaccination, epidemiological oversight and protective measures, principles of clinical management, and other issues of public interest, were discussed at the meeting. UNICEF also talked about its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and presented the main highlights of the Code on the Rights of the Child, which entered into force in the beginning of September.
Included in attendance were the Deputy Minister of internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Dr. Tamar Gabunia, Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health, Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director of the Infectious Diseases, AIDS, and Clinical Immunology Research Centre, Dr. Tengiz Tsertsvadze, UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, key epidemiologists and specialists from NCDC, as well as representatives from the WHO and USAID who made presentations on the above topics, which were then followed by discussions.
A similar meeting was organized in Batumi earlier in the month for the representatives of the West Georgia and Adjara media.
While there is a lot of information available on COVID-19, particularly online, only some of that information is reliable. Much of it can be ill-advised, misinformed, or even purposefully misleading. It is crucial to seek information about the pandemic from reliable sources, and UNICEF has actively been working with the WHO, government authorities, and the media to disseminate accurate information and advice to the public in Georgia.
UNICEF has been leading on preventative actions around COVID-19 in Georgia with risk communication, providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics, and monitoring the impact of the outbreak to support a continuity of care, education, and social services.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/