Sen. Guingona appeals for proper, correct reporting on ebola virus

October 31, 2014 6:36 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 30 — Senator Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona on Wednesday urged Philippine media to avoid being "alarmists" in reporting about the dreaded ebola virus.

Guingona, chair of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and of Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, Health and Demography and the Oversight Committee on Anti-Money Laundering, said reporting the spread of ebola virus without proper background information could lead to panic.

Guingona told DXMS Radyo Bida today that about 90 percent of public panic was triggered by alarming media reports.

He said giving correct and appropriate information about the virus will educate the people and prevent panic that may lead to something harmful.

Reporting ebola incorrectly would lead to mass hysteria.The Philippines, he said, is prepared to address should a case of ebola virus reaches the country.

Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr, regional health secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), earlier told reporters the importance of correct information which will help educate the public how to deal with the virus. (PNA)

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