Coronavirus (980) Lancet COVID-19 Commission Statement (2)

15 September, 2020

Is 'infodemic' about to suffer a stillbirth?. I dont think so, but if it does it shall be because of the initial confusing definition by WHO. Mixing mis/disinformation with accurate information in the same pool was never a good idea. Oversupply of accurate information may be of concern to the global North that is used to having accurate information anyway, but cannot be in the South where mis/disinformation is in more supply fueled by high levels of health illiteracy, poverty, superstition, fanatical religious activism that pervades every sphere of life in those parts, ignorance, denial, weak health systems that disappoint rather than inspire confidence in the users, and so on. The list seems endless. On the other hand supply of mis/disinformation and infodemic defined in relation to it shall always be a bad thing, undesirable whether in the North or South. The LANCET report may not mention infodemic or not as much as misinformation but infodemic may just be hibernating and shall re-emerge better defined by taking all context into account.

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.

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