HEALTH INFORMATION LITERACY AS A PANACEA FOR MITIGATING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA

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Dr. Shehu U. Mabera
Jafar Abdullahi Iliyasu
Prof. Ahmad Abdu Balarabe

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The most recently discovered Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought untold hardships to people of all nations and no one can predict when it will end. The virus which started in China in December, 2019 virtually infected every country of the world. Governments all over the globe are making frantic efforts to suppress the spread of the disease yet the infection is still continually rising. The virus has to be contained through preventive measures and health information literacy (HIL) is imperative to power and sustain government efforts in the fight against the pandemic. This study therefore examined the role of health information literacy in reducing the spread of Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria. It specifically focused on finding out the health information literacy programmes available in Nigeria; identifying the channels through which health information literacy programmes are provided for Covid-19 information; examining the information spread on Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria; and examining the health information literacy programmes produced for mitigating the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Documentary research method was used to gather, review and critically analyse recent studies and other related literature on the subject matter. The study identified some of the burning issues concerning COVID-19 pandemic and health information literacy. It also drew the attention of leaders and authorities concerned about the positive impact of health information literacy in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.

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Mabera, S. U., Iliyasu, J. A., & Balarabe, A. A. (2022). HEALTH INFORMATION LITERACY AS A PANACEA FOR MITIGATING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA. Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association, 54(2), 1–12. Retrieved from https://journal.nla.ng/index.php/nigerianlibraries/article/view/52
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