Considering the history and devastation caused by EBOLA in DR Congo, I read this posting from Neil and wondered how it can be that any body in DR Congo or even the new inhabitants / visitors could not have received the information and facts about Ebola. I read that '------ Partly it's because many people in the communities where Ebola is now spreading had never heard of it - so they're resistant to giving up their loved ones to strangers in scary plastic suits.-'
How can that be even a part of the reasons for the public to attack health workers doing good work in the interest of the same public.
Where is the failure to inform and educate the public about Ebola?
HIFA has a powerful message about its reason for existence, 'Let's build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information' and has actively promoted it, and rightly so. Is it time to also say, 'Let's build a future where people no longer attack health workers who are working for their interest'.
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
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