Nigeria Health Watch hosted the second edition of the #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Awards, an annual ceremony that celebrates TV, radio, and print journalists whose reporting on epidemic preparedness and response has been exemplary in drawing public and policymakers attention to the need to fund activities to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies.
Among this year’s winners is Abdulqudus Ogundapo, The Nation Newspaper who won the Print/Online category for his report, “How poor funding, low technology hinders local COVID-19 vaccine production”. He is one of the recipients of the Orodata Science Micro-Grants For Data-Driven Investigative Journalism 2021. The program was created to support journalists to produce in depth investigative data-driven stories on thematic areas. Grants worth up to $5000 will be awarded to advance coverage of issues related to COVID-19, COVID-19 Vaccines, Development and Gender.
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, has said that the media is critical to attaining health security and also ending the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Abdulqudus Ogundapo’s award-winning story which reported on the need to boost local vaccine manufacturing to prepare for the next pandemic was funded and supported by Orodata Science and TwentyTen Daily. According to Ogundapo, he is grateful for the support he received through the Orodata Science Data-Driven Investigative Journalism grant program.