Coronavirus (838) An exploration of how fake news is taking over social media and putting public health at risk (2)

19 July, 2020

Neil thanks for sharing as always.

HIFA is committed to the mission of enabling everyone access to accurate information so that they can protect themselves and others (my paraphrase) which is wonderful and worthy of commendation and support. This paper mentions ‘scientists, health information professionals and journalists’ and the authors want them to ‘help the public identify fake news stories’.

Forums like HIFA are doing a great job so far but obviously there is much more to be done particularly looking at the negative impact of infodemic that COVID19 has generated.

So, in what specific way can forums like HIFA help them the public identify fake news stories’ and ignore it and not act as it says?

Just a thought and please I would wish members to chip in ideas on this question.

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: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT