Video ‘misconstrued’ – FCGP president lashes out at doctor for spreading false information

Doctor Baledina Kavoa at her surgery at Lautoka yesterday - Sunday, July 4, 2021. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

A video by Lautoka-based Dr Baladina Kavoa on the adverse side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine is misconstrued to support conspiracy theories and myths not supported by any scientific evidence, says Fiji College of General Practitioners president Dr Ram Raju.

“FCGP does not condone any member spreading false information to the public,” he said.

“It is a time for all of our healthcare workers to unite and educate the public about the truth and dispel all fears.

“Doctors are seen to be community leaders who should therefore exercise extreme care and restraint in posting any news on social media.

“The Fiji College of GP’s is fully behind the vaccination program rolled out by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and we support their efforts.”

He said they had held many seminars on this subject well before the first COVID-19 case was identified in March last year and all their doubts were dispelled.

“At the moment, the COVID-19 vaccination is the only method which can save lives.

“It’s just like giving vaccination for a host of other diseases to save lives, like measles, diphtheria, tetanus, pneumonia, hepatitis, etc.”

He said there were some vaccination side effects that were to be expected.

“Getting COVID-19 is not a joke and these conspiracy theories need to be laid to rest.

“By vaccinating, you are protecting yourself, your family and the population of Fiji.”

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