Written by PIUS NYONDO
MZUZU--Malawi government has joined Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance (MAPA)in fighting alcohol abuse in the country.
Speaking during a media training workshop in Malawi's capital Lilongwe whose aim was to school journalists on how best they can report alcohol harm stories, Ministry of health spokesperson Henry Chimbali encouraged reporters to read widely on effects of alcohol inorder to report responsibly.
"While the alcohol industry has a commercial aspect, as Ministry of Health we've the public health of the citizenry first. You must always make sure that when you're writing on alcohol you also have the welfare of the people at heart," said Chimbali.
On her part, MAPA board chairperson Maria Chidzanja-Nkhoma called on members of the media fraternity to be professional, and urged them to deny bribes from the the alcohol industry.
"Fairly report issues on alcohol. I know some [people] in the alcohol industry will want to shut your mouths up with bribes. Be professional and don't accept any bribes from them," advised Chidzanja-Nkhoma.
According to research, alcohol is reponsible for about 2.5 million deaths globally each year. 320 000 young people between ages of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes, representing 9 per cent of the deaths.