About then, Dr. Richner also posted a statement on the Kantha Bopha Hospital website, criticizing WHO and the makers of Tamiflu. He made some comments about the role of tuberculosis in H5N1 cases that are worth discussing.
But we've seen no discussion at all: No responses from WHO to criticism by their go-to guy in Cambodia, no statements by the Cambodian Ministry of Health, who also rely on Dr. Richner, and no follow-up by Dr. Richner either.
I don't know what to think. A small, poor country has suddenly had to deal with a series of H5N1 cases far beyond its ability to cope. The World Health Organization says it's doing what it can, but the doctor who's dealt with all the cases of H5N1 in Cambodian children says WHO is "ridiculous." And the doctor himself, clearly the major figure in Cambodian health care, evidently can't find time to make a case for his view of what's going on. The local and international media evidently don't care.
To paraphrase Casey Stengel: Can't anybody here do threat communication?