The UN in Egypt aims to curb online rumours

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In an attempt to curb rumours circulating online about COVID-19, UN agencies in Egypt have launched a joint effort aimed at raising awareness amid efforts by the government to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus.

Led by World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and the United Nations Information Centre in Cairo, the ongoing social media campaign targets Arabic-speaking audiences and is meant to serve as a citizen’s guide to verify information sources and enable communities to fight rumours that could hinder effective response in times of crisis.

A number of audio messages from unknown sources that convey rumours or false information are being widely circulated. "Please don’t share these messages to prevent their spreading,” urged the World Health Organization in Egypt via Twitter.

The campaign provides tips and resources to help the public find valid information sources.

Shows a social media card with Arabic text that explains the validity of sources and what to avoid.

Photo: @WHOEgypt (posted on 19 Mar 2020)

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) is working very closely with the government of Egypt to make sure that it can better respond to a surge of cases, WHO representative in Egypt Jean Jabbour told reporters in Cairo on Wednesday.

“WHO is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Population in order to update its plan, in order to update even the list of referral hospitals, the list of isolation and treatment hospital and most importantly testing size in order to cope well with the increase of number if it happened,” he said. 

Moreover, UN agencies including WHO, UNHCR and IOM, are working together for a coordinated response to the needs of vulnerable communities, including refugees and migrants, who receive the same treatment as Egyptians.

 “In case of any infection they follow the same system applied in the Arab republic of Egypt and WHO is acting in full coordination with concerned UN agencies and other international partners to take any required measures,” said Mr. Jabbour.

Originally published by UN in Egypt here.

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