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Coast based health journalists to be crowned

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[A digital call for entry artwork. Photo/Tom Fondo].

Journalists who have been reporting on health and harm reduction phenomenon will be recognised.

An anti- drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust announced that it will recognise the tireless journalists for their exemplary work in fighting drug use among the Coastal communities.

Reachout Centre Trust Executive director Taib Abdulrahman said the recognition is meant to motivate media practitioners who have embraced health reporting and specifically on matters revolving around drug use, HIV and AIDS.

He said journalists remain critical component in the growth of any society and nation, thus the reason behind recognising them and encouraging them to enhance positive reporting in all the process geared towards mitigating the harmful effects of drugs, HIV and AIDS.

“We held our first Reachout Media Awards in 2018 and we are on it again in 2020, journalists remain our close critical component in all our activities as we embrace service for the community,” disclosed Mr. Taib.

Sensitisation

He said the organisation has been conducting continuous health sensitisations for journalist in the region, a program that will be expanded to reach all journalists in all the 6 Coastal counties.

“We are able to reach the community to the grassroots level through journalists and their positive contribution in the fight against drug use especially among the Coastal youth should not be left unrecognised,” he said.

Taib appealed to journalist to embrace positive health reporting and always disseminate the right, factual information to the public on harm reduction processes.

He commended both electronic print and online journalists who closely work with the Organisation for the noble course of disentangling those trapped in the drug menace in the Coast region.

Relentlessly

The anti- drug organisation has been since 2003 at the fore front in curtailing drug use among the Coastal community focussing more on the youth.

[KTN News Coast based senior reporter Tobias Chanji (Left) with Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir during RCT Media awards, 2018. Mr. Chanji emerged the overal winner. Photo/file].

According to the renowned ant- drug czar,  they has implemented various programs including women programs that apart from registering them to methadone treatment they also initiate livelihood programs for the recovery drug users to prevent relapse.

“All journalists reporting on health and on harm reduction from the Coast region are legible to place their entries through reachoutmediaawards@gmail.com or deliver their stories and articles at our Reachout Centre Trust offices in Old town, Mombasa before September, 21st, 2020,” Taib said.

The winners will be crowned in a gala dinner scheduled for November, 20, 2020.