US consultant says Jamaica\'s H1N1 pandemic among the best in the world
A United States based Risk Communication Consultant has described Jamaica’s risk communication, in relation to the current Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, as among the best in the world.
Dr. Jody Lanard says the assessment is based on the country’s efforts to get open and honest information out to the people.
She was speaking yesterday at a three day workshop on risk communication for disease outbreak and disasters in Kingston.
Dr. Lanard suggested that health officials and governments follow the World Health Organisation\'s (WHO) outbreak communication guidelines.
She further highlighted the importance of putting out information early even when very little is known, to allow persons to begin taking precautions early.
However, Dr. Lanard pointed out that transparency does not mean telling everything.
The Opposition PNP has in the past criticised the government for what it claims is the withholding of information on the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in the island.
The health ministry has to date reported 44 confirmed cases of the virus in Jamaica.
Two persons have so far died from complications associated with the H1N1 flu.