CBC Radio Stations join the fight against COVID-19

CBC Radio Stations join the fight against COVID-19

CBC Radio Bamenda have redesigned their programs to reflect the full measure of redemptive communication for communities affected by the Anglophone crisis and now the corona virus. The need to educate and sensitize people about the dangers of the deadly pandemic cannot be overemphasized. CBC Radio Bamenda and Buea have thus adjusted their programs slightly to ensure that churches have enough air space to reach out to their Christians at a time that mass gatherings are forbidden. At CBC radio Bamenda a number of sermons are lined up every Sunday to reach out to the masses given the fact that some churches are not operating at full scale. Some Christians now worship at home while others worship in cells. Many pastors now solicit the services of the radio stations to meet their Christians. Others, who cannot come for air space, simply use the studio for recording and editing of their sermons and upload on WhatsApp groups of their and Buea churches.

In addition to these roles the radio stations have also signed memoranda of Understanding with the Ministry of Communication and United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and CAGEAD to air educative programs on CBC radio Bamenda according to the Manager Mr. Bah Tokoh. Other partners have been Plan Cameroon , Doctors without Borders, Red Cross and other organizations. They use CBC radio to educate the Public thanks to the large audiences of these stations that have contributed in attracting these organizations to CBC radio Stations. Also the Education Department of the CBC now uses Saturdays 7:00 -800 am and Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 PM to broadcast programs aimed at educating their students and pupils during this COVID- 19 break. Teachers have been taking turns to teach the different subjects. The program on Saturdays is for Secondary School Students, while for Primary school pupils it is on Mondays. The radio stations are also being used to run programs on COVID-19 prevention by the Press Division of the CBC Health Services. The radio Stations also have a tap and wash hand basin to help fight COVID-19. However, the radio stations have some technical challenges imposed by the irregular flow of powerl from ENEO. This has adverse effects on the technical performance of the stations. There are frequent seizures perturbing the smooth flow of messages. The radio stations too struggle to generate quality content for broadcast with a handful of staff. Some churches are yet to fully support the radio and make use of its air space. COVID-19 has been unable to make some churches take air space in the radio for their churches. Even when such churches have big events they forget to inform the radio to come and cover. Moreover weak
internet lines have also impeded the radio’s online presence.