CHTA warns officials not to overstate or downplay the risks associated with serious infectious diseases
The CHTA is advising health authorities and officials concerned, to refrain from downplaying the risks associated with in infectious diseases, as this could lead to higher rates of preventable infections. They also advise against overstating the risks, to avoid panic or any lack of public trust after the fact, as this can have long-lasting effects.
CHTA says It is always good to provide timely, adequate and appropriate information, regarding the nature of the disease, the types of interventions to be implemented, and the reasons for these interventions.
CHTA recommends having the proper balance, and avoid politically polarizing positions on health matters, adding further that Caribbean countries have an obligation to reduce the risk of ill-health that people might impose on each other, within as well as across our borders.
CHTA concludes that accurate recording of the number of cases as well as their distribution across the country, are important matters that need to be reported to the country, as well as to CARPHA
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