The Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) has donated more boom mics in a second round of donations to media houses to help journalists ensure safe news coverage during the Covid-19 pandemic. CBOD gave out boom mic poles to Graphic online (graphic.com.gh), TV3, GHOne TV, Asaase FM and GhanaWeb. The donation was made on behalf of the board, management and members of the CBOD by the Corporate & Member Affairs Manager Francisca Kakra Forson and Human Relations Manager Angela Osei-Badu.
The Chamber which has over the years built strong relations with the media earlier in April donated boom mic poles to the Multimedia Group (JoynewsTV), Despite Media Group (UTv) and Omni Media (CitiTv).
Already, reports indicate some journalists have contracted the coronavirus. The Multimedia Group last week announced some of its journalists had been infected in a statement. Excerpts below.
“This is to inform you that five (5) members of our team at our business offices in Accra who were contact traced and tested by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The affected team members, who were all asymptomatic, have been isolated in line with case management protocols. Officials of the Ghana Health Service are monitoring them and we can report that they are all hale and hearty and are responding well to treatment.
As part of ensuring the safety and well-being of our team members and our guests and to minimise any potential for the spread of the virus, we have ramped up internal contract tracing, in liaison with the Ghana Health Service. Together, we have ensured that team members who may have come into contact with the five (5) team members who tested positive have been tested and have gone into self-isolation for 14 days as required. In addition, all remaining team members are to be tested. Testing commenced on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Furthermore, thorough disinfection and deep cleansing of our studios, offices, and facilities take place on a daily basis.”
In light of this, the CBOD wishes all affected journalists speedy recovery and continues to pray for the safety of all journalists in Ghana.
The Chamber cautions all Ghanaians to avoid stigmatizing persons infected or who have recovered from the coronavirus.