By Mourice Seretta
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has decried the impact of misinformation and disinformation in ongoing reforms in the health sector.
Speaking on Wednesday during a webinar organised by UNESCO on Communicating Covid-19 and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the infodemic era the CS said misinformation is a monstrous enemy that threatens to erode progress made in the health sector in Africa.
“Lies and half-truths have instilled a sense of fear among members of the public against visiting hospitals, and this has presented a challenge in monitoring and managing cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other NCDs” he noted.
He applauded efforts by UNESCO, ISAAA, Kenya National Academy of Sciences and partners geared towards combating misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 and NCDs.
He also lauded the media for its social responsibility of keeping the citizenry informed. Says the efforts have improved adherence to the Ministry of Health’s protocols and guidelines against Covid-19.
The Ministry of Heath he said has put journalists at the forefront of receiving the covishield vaccine to enhance their capacity to safely cover the pandemic.