Report chikungunya-related issues carefully, warns ODPEM director
Richard Thompson, acting director general of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), has appealed to journalists and other communications experts to be responsible in their coverage and reportage of chikungunya-related issues.
Pointing to some of the myths around chikungunya, he said it is essential in disaster management to look at crisis communication.
He notes that crisis communication is giving timely and accurate information and not causing panic in the public.
He says if people are operating on myths, then they will activate their own personal responses in order to make themselves better.
Describing the chikungunya situation as a pandemic, Thompson said a key aspect of preparing for disasters and coping with any kind of emergency has to be the availability of sound information, which can properly inform public awareness and action.
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