By Gremmer Phiri
ZBC’s Radio Zimbabwe presenter Thulani Siziba was the biggest winner at the 2019 National AIDS Council HIV and Aids Reporting Awards ceremony held in Harare this Monday.
The awards saw journalists from the print and electronic media being rewarded for their wide coverage of HIV and AIDS issues.
Radio Zimbabwe’s Thulani Siziba scooped the first prize in the electronic media category, while Robin Muchetu from the Sunday News was the best in the print media category.
Some of the award winners who spoke to ZBC news pledged to continue disseminating a wide range of information regarding the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
“I am excited to be recognized for my work and will continue to work hard and capacitate the general public on HIV and AIDS issues. As we are now in the Covid -19 era, there is a need for people to be aware of the dangers of the virus.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro implored the media to report more on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like cancer which are worryingly on the increase.
“I urge you, journalists, to keep up with the current trends in as far as the pandemic is concerned. You all know that with the coming in of the Covid-19 pandemic HIV and AIDS issues are getting more complicated.”
The National AIDS Council media awards were introduced in 2017 to reward journalists in both print and electronic media for their wide coverage of HIV and AIDS.