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HEALTH MINISTER DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM ZNBC FOR MISQUOTING HIM ON COVID-19 FIGHT

Lusaka ~ Mon, 18 Jan 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

Health minister Dr. Jonas Chanda has demanded a correction and an apology from ZNBC for misquoting his statement made during a tour of Maina Soko Military Hospital today.

ZNBC has reported during its 19 hours News that Dr. Chanda asked Zambians to ignore local methods of preventing COVID-19, when he had actually encouraged citizens to turn to steaming as much as possible.

“ZNBC TV 19:00hrs main news has carried a story where they reported me as asking Zambians to ignore local traditional methods like Hot steaming (“Ukufutikila”), in addition to the 5 golden public health guidelines on Covid prevention. In my media address at Maina Soko which was live-streamed, I was very clear and categorical that Zambians should also use local traditional remedies like “Ukufutikila” which I also use, in ADDITION to the 5 golden rules of Covid-19 prevention,” Dr. Chanda stated.

“I have since called the ZNBC Director General Mr Lusambo to correct that misrepresentation with an apology. I also appeal to the Media to be professional, ethical and factual in their reporting, and to go back to the live-streamed briefing if they are not clear.”

7 Comments

  1. Maryo Maryo

    That’s how they control the media. Put a token Muzungu wanga as head of DeadNBC and when you have a little complaint go straight to him and whine. Since he has no spine he will call in the reporter read him the PF riot act and threaten him with the Zambian government’s most ubiquitous weapon: unemployment

  2. Patriot

    Mistakes are acceptable, apologies are in order. No reason to be sarcastic. It’s called maturity

    • Journalist

      Its called misunderstanding. What have you understood from this story Mr Patriot?
      And you have only heard from the minister not from the journalist.

  3. Jahman metal

    Apologies accepted

  4. Filungula Namenshi

    The dog has bitten the owner this time around and the pain is more excruciating . Sign of doom looming.

  5. KC

    THIS IS WHAT SHOULD BE EXPECTED WHEN SOME EMPLOYEES ARE NOT HIRED ON MERIT.

  6. Tikambepo

    Indeed the dog has bitten the owner and the pain is unbearable…….Wait when you are thrown in exile or opposition that’s wen you are going to see the true colors of znbc mushanina bwali

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