The Widyatama University Information Systems Study Program (UTama) is supported by LP2M UTama to disseminate literacy information on the spread of COVID 19 prevention and control in Bandung.
Based on outdoor media such as brochures (leaflets) and banners (billboards) which will be held starting on September 2, 2021, spread over 4 (four) areas, namely Komplek Cibolerang Indah, Komplek Grand Pinus Regency, Abdul Harris Nasution Street, and Batununggal Street, Bandung City.
This was stated by Sri Lestari, Ir., M.T., Head of Information Systems Study Program, Faculty of Engineering, UTama.
He further explained that this literacy dissemination activity aims to educate someone to have a good level of understanding of health literacy.
“So that they can apply the information they get in their daily lives and understand the importance of health literacy for the community. Especially during the pandemic, consciously or not, health literacy has become a solution to health problems in the community,” Sri said, Tuesday (14/9/2021).
“For example, when reading instructions for using drugs, conducting health consultations with doctors, following procedures when exercising, and so on,” he added.
It is undeniable that COVID 19 has changed everything, apart from health impacts, other impacts have also emerged, in people’s daily lives such as economic, social, and cultural impacts. In order to minimize the risk of transmission, it is necessary to cooperate with all parties so that this virus is under control.
Therefore, there are several strategies that can be taken, among others, by accelerating vaccines or always trying hard to break the chain of virus transmission by applying the 3 M (using masks, washing hands, maintaining distance).
“Information literacy is not new. Efforts to socialize and educate the public through information dissemination (dissemination) are very much needed and become a joint task of the government and all existing components, ranging from apparatus, community organizations, information groups, social activists and of course the media, so it is important to educate the public through information dissemination. that is correct, accurate, and easily accessible to the public, to prevent disinformation, misunderstanding, and possible unrest due to incorrect information and understanding,” said Sri.
She also added that things that can be reflected in facing a pandemic include understanding that the pandemic period is a moment to improve the quality of people as humans with various challenges, such as learning to manage health, thoughts, emotions, and mentality to stay positive, be more productive, and creative, in working, because there is a lot of time to hone ideas and skills. During the pandemic, people also tend to get closer to God.
Get to know your strengths and weaknesses that may not have been revealed so far. Including more love for yourself, family, friends and the environment. That is how literacy works in forming a literate generation, namely people who are intelligent and have noble character. That’s why literacy for COVID-19 during this pandemic is so important.
“Preventing the spread and transmission of COVID-19 is the responsibility of the entire community, and the involvement of all elements of society in disseminating information is an important part of this COVID prevention effort,” he concluded.