IMA urges celebrities not to circulate fake messages relating to the pandemic.
Actor Sreenivasan kicked up a controversy with an article that claims a possible cure for COVID-19 inviting sharp reactions from doctors across Kerala.
Doctors say that the actor’s claim of a cure for Covid19 pandemic is a misleading one. They also warn the actor that the unscientific opinions from the actor can negatively affect the preventive measures being taken at present.
Srinivasan in his article said that some doctors at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital had suggested that Vitamin C can be used to control the virus. Blaming the World Health Organization and the Indian Medical Association, actor further said that these two organisations were not interested in this cure, as they preferred to sell more medicines.
Soon, the actor’s article began doing rounds on WhatsApp. Health experts said that the actor might have been misled by a fake message, attributed to a doctor from the Pariyaram hospital. But things got worsened after the doctor from Pariyaram hospital filing a complaint with the cyber cell against the actor’s message.
IMA State president Abraham Varghese said that everyone, especially celebrities, should keep themselves away from spreading fake messages at such a critical time of spread of the pandemic.
Jinesh P.S, member of Infoclinic, a popular social media platform operated by a group of doctors to bust unscientific information and superstitions related to health care, said that the government should take action against such fake messages under the Public Health Act.