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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 107  

Local center of disease control communication for international response to the COVID-19: A comment


1 Private Academic Practice, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Private Academic Practice, Bangkok, Thailand; Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China; Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji, Arakeji, Nigeria; Deparment of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

Date of Submission05-Aug-2020
Date of Decision07-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance10-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication22-Jan-2021

Correspondence Address:
Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip
Private Academic Practice, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_437_20

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Local center of disease control communication for international response to the COVID-19: A comment. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2021;14:107

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Local center of disease control communication for international response to the COVID-19: A comment. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Mar 3];14:107. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/text.asp?2021/14/1/107/307686



Dear Sir,

Data are a very important information during the public health crisis. Regarding present COVID-19 problem, the local Department of Disease Control has to play role in data generalization through public health communication. The communication for international response at early phase to the COVID-19” is very important issue. In a recent report, Hinjoy et al. noted that “identified areas for improvement during public health emergencies, such as the need to identify English-speaking spokespeople to communicate at the international level.[1]” The short communication period can show the good attempt of local public health correspondence unit in generalization of data. Indeed, the health communication depends of many important factors. Those factors are communicator, story content, media, and listener. English might be a common problem in international communication in any country that English is not a native language. Self-assessment can might provide a basic information, but it might imply bias and self-assessment reports on communication activities cannot give a further evaluation of the success of communication. Self-assessment might give a bias information if there is no good reliability control.

Without external comment, the reliability of the data is questionable. Therefore, the derived data might be limited for further implication. In general, a commentator does usually not criticize his/her own activities. An inbreed survey by self-assessment through an administration unit program might not show the exact hidden points. The reason is due to lack of privacy of the responder. Finally, the system to control the correctness of data must be set. In the present crisis of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a problem of exaggerated information.[2] It is necessary to control this common problem.[2] Multidirectional views given by both internal and external peers are necessary. These data can support the single view on disease control communication given from a simple self-assessment approach.

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1.
Hinjoy S, Tsukayama R, Chuxnum T, Masunglong W, Sidet C, Kleeblumjeak P, et al. A self-assessment of the Thai Department of Disease Control's communication for international response at early phase to the COVID-19. Int J Infect Dis 2020;96:205-10. pii: S1201-9712 (20) 30258-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid. 2020.04.042. [Epub ahead of print],  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Sun K, Chen J, Viboud C. Early epidemiological analysis of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak based on crowdsourced data: A population-level observational study. Lancet Digit Health 2020;2:e201-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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