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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 Osayande, Odaro (2016) Newspaper Coverage of Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Nigeria: Implications for Prevention and Control. THE INTERN ATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH, 10. pp. 53-58. ISSN 2359-8220

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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: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QP Physiology
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Mrs Aderonke Olufunke Asaolu
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 11:17
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 11:19
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7429

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