Public information after polonium-210 poisoning: cross sectional survey and qualitative analysis
- By: Niyi Awofeso
Possible radiological terrorism or assassination attacks could involve introducing radioactive material into the food or water, using explosives (such as dynamite) to scatter radioactive materials (called a “dirty bomb”), or destroying a nuclear facility. The manner in which information to the public is managed following radiological emergencies plays a key role in shaping public perceptions, as well as the response of affected governments and the international community. This recent BMJ study reports on public information needs and evaluation of information management activities of the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) after the apparent assassination of Russian dissenter Alexander Litvinenko using polonium-210.
It is important to note if there is any conflict of interest in any scholarly article. The government service whose capacity to ensure adequate information was being assessed is the HPA; four of the 10 authors of the article work for this agency. However, the original idea for this research