As a leader of a contact tracing team during the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar, I upheld various ethical principles and good practices to make a meaningful contribution to the control policy. First and foremost, maintaining confidentiality was of utmost importance. I ensured that all sensitive information regarding positive cases and their contacts was handled with the utmost privacy and disclosed only to authorized personnel involved in the public health response.
Secondly, I recognized the significance of transparency in this critical situation. I communicated openly with individuals identified through contact tracing, offering clear and accurate information about their situation, the necessity of isolation or quarantine, and the public health measures in place. This transparency fostered trust and cooperation, which are essential for successful contact tracing efforts.
In addition, I ensured empathy and sensitivity in my interactions. I acknowledged the anxiety and concerns of individuals affected by the virus and approached them with empathy, addressing their questions and providing support. This approach not only enhanced the overall experience for those involved but also contributed to increased compliance with recommended measures.
Furthermore, collaboration was an essential ethical principle that I adhered to. I worked closely with healthcare professionals, local authorities, and relevant stakeholders to ensure a coordinated and efficient response. This collaborative approach helped streamline processes, share information effectively, and address emerging challenges in real-time. Continuous self-reflection and adaptation were integral to my role. The dynamic nature of the pandemic demanded constant evaluation of contact tracing strategies. I engaged in regular assessments of our procedures, identified areas for improvement, and implemented necessary adjustments to enhance the effectiveness of our efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the Myanmar public health setting.