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Radio New Zealand to Assist Pandemic Planning

Radio New Zealand to Assist Pandemic Planning

Radio New Zealand is to broadcast community messages on National Radio and Concert FM as part of a Ministry of Health programme to raise awareness about the need for public planning for a potential influenza pandemic.

Radio New Zealand will produce a series of short messages for the general public on how to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic should such an event occur in the future.

Broadcasts will emphasise that there is no influenza pandemic at present but that the possibility of a future pandemic is being taken seriously by health authorities in New Zealand and around the world.

Messages will provide basic information and simple practical steps that individuals and families can take to reduce the impact of influenza should an outbreak occur. The series of messages will be broadcast on National Radio and Concert FM for an initial period of two weeks commencing on Monday 16th January.

Commenting on the Radio New Zealand broadcasts the Acting Director of Public Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, emphasised the need for forward planning in the community
"These broadcasts are extremely valuable in raising people's awareness on how they can prepare for an influenza pandemic, or where they can get more information on how to prepare."

Radio New Zealand as a public service broadcaster has a specific Lifeline Utility role under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act and would carry public health broadcasts in the event of any outbreak of pandemic influenza in New Zealand.


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