31 May '17, 9am

Modi is a fan of Singapore. Here's how it responded to Zika.

Modi is a fan of Singapore. Here's how it responded to Zika.

In 2016, the National Center for Disease Control in India published a National Risk Communication Plan. The key guidelines prescribed disseminating information about uncertain health risks, including Zika, to the public before actual cases were diagnosed, in a timely and transparent manner that would engender public trust, through multiple media channels including social media, and constant sharing updates with journalists. These risk communication principles seem to have been rendered largely irrelevant when the government informed the World Health Organisation about three cases of Zika in Gujarat months after they were confirmed. More importantly, we do not know why the public was kept in the dark. A union health ministry official’s statements that the situation is under control with no further cases reported seems to be due to three related reasons: The cases were isola...

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