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MOH Tests People’s Trust in Gov’t in New COVID-19 Survey

Ministry of Health-MOH has embarked on a survey to test people’s trust in government, risk perception and willingness to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

This comes in the wake of increased community infections and dwindling trust in interventions to stop COVID-19 transmissions.

Dr. Arthur Kiconco, the principal investigator on the study told Mega Fm on Monday that they are asking people such that the feedback they get helps them inform the kind of interventions that work best depending on people’s perception.

Key among the questions is how much trust people have in information provided by the government about the pandemic,  how much trust they have in the effectiveness of the measures already undertaken by government  and government’s ability to fight the pandemic.

Already Kiconco says, early respondents show low trust in government.

The study is targeted at social media users on Facebook and Twitter considering social media’s rising clout in setting the agenda of what the public discusses and general perceptions. 

Kiconco says they have also shared the link widely on Whatsapp so that a wide range of people can be reached.

According to statistics shared by Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General of Health Services, a total number of 117 districts had been affected by COVID-19 by Friday. To date, the country has recorded a 11,443 infections and 101 deaths.

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