Risk communication during health emergencies in Nigeria: What are its challenges?

Journal of Public Health in Africa

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Title Risk communication during health emergencies in Nigeria: What are its challenges?
Creator Akande, Oluwatosin Wuraola Disu, Yahya Kaduru, Chijioke Anueyiagu, Chimezie Oguanuo, Emeka Ojumu, Tijesu Akomolafe, Oreoluwa Eziechina, Sunday Obiajunwa Ejibe, Ukwori Ihekweazu, Vivianne Ochu, Chinwe Lucia Ihekweazu, Chikwe
Subject — Risk communication; health emergencies; Nigeria
Description Although globalization has been advantageous in facilitating the free movement of people, goods, and services, the ease of movement of cross-border pathogens has increased the risk of international public health emergencies in recent years. Risk com-munication is an integral part of every country’s response during public health emergencies such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. To effectively increase adherence to guidelines during health emergencies, it is essential to understand the impact of social, cultural, political, and environmental factors on people’s behaviours and lifestyles in any given context, as well as how these factors influence people’s perception of risks. During the recent response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the need to comprehend these influences was pronounced, and these influences ultimately shaped risk communication in Nigeria. We have identified risk communication challenges in Nigeria based on sociocultural diversity, the complexity of the health system, the impact of social media on communications, and other contextual factors surrounding multisectoral partnerships. To achieve global health security, these challenges must be addressed in resource-constrained countries like Nigeria. In this paper, we emphasize the need to contextualize risk communication strategies in order to improve their effectiveness during health emergencies. In addition, we urge increased country commitment to a multi-hazard and multisectoral effort, deliberate investment in subnational risk communication systems, and investments in capacity building for risk communication activities.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-01-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4081/jphia.2023.1943
Source Journal of Public Health in Africa; Vol 14, No 1 (2023); 5 2038-9930 2038-9922
Language eng
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