The World Health Organization (WHO) is an unreliable source of information and not trusted by Thai people, according to a medical specialist at Bangkok’s Vichaiyut Hospital.
Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs said that since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, the WHO has been slow in providing information and advice to the public.
He continued by saying that when the public is informed about specific issues by the WHO, the details constantly change, causing confusion.
Dr. Leechawengwongs referenced a statement made by the WHO on June 9th, informing the public that asymptomatic patients rarely spread the infection.
However, just two days later, medical professionals across several nations discovered the statement was not right, and the WHO officially changed the declaration.
The doctor also cited face-mask wearing as an example of the slow release of information by the WHO. He said that the Thai population was wearing face masks long before the WHO made an official announcement about the importance of masks.
Having studied for 18 years in the United States, Dr. Leechawengwongs said that most doctors and medical professionals in institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention use their own measures to deal with health issues.
He continued by saying that advice and information from the WHO usually works well for developing countries where standards are different from those in developed countries.
Another example cited by the doctor is the panic caused among Thai people regarding PM2.5 pollution. He said that the WHO used the United States as a standard, which caused unnecessary panic in Thailand.
The healthy standard for PM2.5, according to the WHO, is 25 μg/m3. However, the annual PM2.5 level in the United States is 35 μg/m3, while in Thailand, the standard is set at 50 μg/m3.
The WHO has come under fierce criticism for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak with United States President, Donald Trump, withdrawing funding for the organization over its “covid-19 failure”.