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Health minister urges doctors to refrain from spreading unverified information on Covid-19

New Delhi: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday virtually interacted with about 100 doctors from across the country and members of Indian Medical Association (IMA).

During the interaction, the minister urged them to join the fight against Covid 19 by providing accurate information to allay fears and prevent an infodemic. “It is important to be on the alert and follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour, and refrain from spreading unverified information”

“Health ministry has been sharing information on various aspects of Covid prevention and management. I urge everyone to access and share only verified information and encourage others to also do so,” Mandaviya said.

The minister urged the doctors and members of IMA to continue to spread authentic information about Covid 19.

“You have been our ambassadors during the country’s fight against Covid 19. I value your contribution and salute the selfless dedication and service of the healthcare professionals. I urge you to be our partners and ambassadors to prevent an infodemic by educating the public on various aspects of the Covid 19 disease and its prevention and management aspects,” he said.

Mandaviya urged participants to refrain from making speculations and only share accurate information with the public. He said that “our citizens look up to our Covid warriors for advice and due to recent increase in Covid-19 cases globally, it becomes the responsibility of our experts to share correct information so that rumors, misconceptions and in turn, fears can be prevented.”

The minister emphasized on mitigating even the slightest sense of panic in the citizens by making them aware about current status of Covid 19 data, the vaccination program and government efforts. He cautioned against complacency. He urged on adherence to ‘test-track-treat-vaccinate & adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour’ and uptake of precaution doses for the vulnerable groups.

“Only this way we will be able to preserve the gains made so far through continued collective efforts”, he stressed.

Informing about the mock drill planned tomorrow, Mandaviya emphasized that “based on our previous experience of managing this pandemic, we are undertaking several exercises, one such being the mock drill that will happen across the country tomorrow. Such exercises would help our operational readiness, help in filling gaps if any and will consequently strengthen our public health response.”

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