Once used by terrorist as a weapon, Swat FM radio is now spreading COVID-19 awareness
The best thing about the radio station is that the same medium used just 13 years ago against education, which the militants termed as anti-Islamic, is now being used to raise awareness for the prevention of Covid-19.
Radio Pakistan has launched a special transmission to facilitate the people of Swat with health consultation services and information to combat the coronavirus.
The Director of the Swat Regional Information Office, Abni Amin, said, “We launched the radio clinic transmission on March the 20th in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of the program is to educate people about the preventive measures of the virus as well as to help those who need health consultation.”
Amin added, “so far, nearly 100 doctors have provided services during the transmission and more than 6,000 people from across swat have reached out to them for health-related problems.
Apart from the radio clinic, several educational and entertainment programs are also being broadcast via Radio FM 98 to keep people aware and also entertained during the lockdown.
A local journalist named Niaz Ahmad Khan said the development is a shift from negative to positive. He added, “The best thing about the radio station is that the same medium used just 13 years ago against education, which the militants termed as anti-Islamic, is now being used to raise awareness for the prevention of Covid-19.”
Khan added, “The terrorists were against the outdoor activities of women and used radio to confine females strictly inside their homes. Now at this radio station, we have a female journalist hosting programs to broadcast information about the wellbeing of people in Swat.”
Many young journalists who are working for the radio station said they are proud to offer their services during the pandemic.
First and only Female Journalist
Shaista Hakim, the first and only journalist working at the radio station, told Dawn, “Those were the toughest days as I was a student and the terrorists had strictly banned our education. However, the dark time has now passed and I did my Master’s in journalism from Swat University and today I am educating thousands of people, including girls, through the same medium.”
Originally Published in Dawn
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