92% of medical professionals 'agree that misinformation and anti-science pose a dangerous threat to the future of healthcare' (7)

3 October, 2019

Pam Sieving raises a very important and troubling point: how can it be so easy to spread misinformation that damages health of the people (my paraphrase)?

My reaction is that in HICs at least the laws work most of the time, so that those spreading the false health information when caught will face the music. Spare a thought for LMICs where most times the law does not work, even if there is a law. When those who spread misinformation where most people are illiterate, desperate and vulnerable, and will fall for any quack especially when the misinformation is published in the fashionable social media. Like the misinformation below that we came across a few days ago:

The quack wrote-

"I once had a medical doctor argue bitterly that diabetes and high blood pressure has no cure, but can only be managed for as long as the patient can hold on.

He felt hurt when I told him that his knowledge of what is possible in health is limited to what his instructors wanted him to know.

They claim that Chinese herbs can not be trusted, yet China has the longest life expectancy, 90 years, as opposed to 60 years for America and Europe, and 52 years for Africa.

This alone should make one question the status quo.

Personally, after a few months of working with some TCM experts in my company, I have come to see for sure that there is really no sickness without permanent cure!"

Joseph Ana

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007.

Website: www.hriwestafrica.com

Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group: http://www.hifa.org/support/members/joseph-0

Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk