BRAC Media Award 2015 was conferred on 23 journalists and three media houses at a ceremony in the capital today on Tuesday. Non-governmental organisation BRAC gives this award in recognition of the media’s contribution in raising mass awareness about TB. The award has been given for the fifth time this year.
The award ceremony was organised at the BRAC Centre Auditorium as a major national event on the occasion of World TB Day observed every year on March 24. Mohammad Nasim MP, honourable minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, attended the event as the chief guest and gave the crests and certificates to the journalists and the representatives of the three media houses.
Chaired by BRAC vice chairperson Dr A Mushtaque R Chowdhury, the event was addressed by the special guests, director general of health services Professor Dr Din Muhammad Nurul Haque, World Health Organisation representative to Bangladesh Dr N Paranietharan and National TB Control Programme line director Dr Ahmed Hossain Khan.
Dr Md Akramul Islam, director, TB Control Programme, WASH and DECC, BRAC, gave the welcome speech.
Three media houses, The Daily Ittefaq, Daily Observer and private satellite channel NTV have been awarded the prize respectively under Bangla newspaper, English newspaper and electronic media categories.
The reporters who received awards in the national level category are Shepon Habib, staff reporter, The Daily Jugantor, Rabeya Begum Baby, staff reporter, The Daily Ittefaq, Sebika Debnath, staff reporter, The Daily Sangbad. Pradyut Sri Barua, reporter, BSS ( Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha), and Sarwar Sumon, staff reporter, Channel 24.
The health minister congratulated the award winners and addressed the media saying, ‘TB has been brought well under control now. It has been made possible through raising awareness for which your writing and photo and video documentation have played a major role.’
‘TB is no more a deadly threat now as it was before. At the same time we have to keep in mind that this infection can recur if a TB patient does not take medicines regularly. And at present we have to focus more on the increasing threat of MDR-TB,’ the minister added.
Dr A Mushtaque R Chowdhury also congratulated the award winners and said, ‘The present high level of awareness about TB has been achieved through the continuous coverage of the issue by the media. Also BRAC’s partnership with the government has helped enhance the success of the TB control programme.’