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Newspaper Coverage of Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Nigeria: Implications for Prevention and Control

Asaolu, Aderonke Olufunke and Ifijeh, Goodluck and Iwu-James, Juliana and Odaro, Osayande (2016) Newspaper Coverage of Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Nigeria: Implications for Prevention and Control. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH (10). pp. 54-58.

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Abstract

Ebola virus disease (otherwise referred to as EVD) broke out in Nigeria in July, 2014. The epidemic which raged on for nearly three months, came to an end with the World Health Organization declaring Nigeria Ebola free in October, 2014. This study analyzed newspaper coverage of the epidemic during the period. It examined the nature and extent of coverage of EVD in three widely circulated newspapers in Nigeria. Between July, 2014 and October, 2014, 1118 articles about EVD in The Guardian, The Punch, and Vanguard newspapers were indentified and analyzed. The study revealed that the most common EVD theme covered by newspaper articles within the period was Government/ Institutional measures and response (271 articles), followed by cases of EVD in Nigeria (270 articles). Most importantly, the study observed that newspaper coverage of the EVD epidemic had implications for prevention and control, as portrayed by the commendations of individuals, corporate bodies and the Government

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ebola Virus Disease, Nigeria, Newspaper Coverage, Prevention, Control, World Health Organization
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 09:31
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7428

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