But Won’t They Panic If We Tell Them?- Communication re #ZikaVirus & other health emergencies


Fellow blogger Susan Goffe has written a great post about the government’s response to the Zika virus. I have not been keeping up with it as much as I had ChikV because of my girl, so thank you to Susan for so diligently monitoring the situation. Fingers crossed that Zika will not be as disastrous as ChikV.

Right Steps & Poui Trees

I found myself nodding in agreement frequently as I watched a presentation given by Dr Barbara Reynolds at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Zika Action Plan Summit which was held in Atlanta, GA on April 1. The title of Dr Reynolds’ talk was “Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication: What the public needs when risks are uncertain”. (Scroll down for link to presentations.)

As I watched the live stream of the presentation, I kept thinking back to a number of public health situations in the past couple of years when the Jamaican public would have benefited from better communication by Government agencies:

  • the chikungunya/ChikV epidemic in 2014
  • the Riverton dump fire in 2015
  • the problems in health facilities & deaths of premature babies in 2015.

And although the current situations with Zika virus and H1N1 influenza virus are being handled significantly better, there are still some ways…

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