Guwahati, June 30:
Patriotic Peoples’ Front Assam (PPFA), while observing a media debate revolving around a city based doctor’s claim that Covid-19 is a hoax, urges concerned authorities to address the issue before it creates unnecessary confusions among the common people. The forum of nationalists also argues that if a practicing physician makes
such comments the medial fraternity should also come forward with necessary clarifications.
It may be mentioned that Dr Satyakam Phukan, a practicing surgeon in local hospitals, recently sent a mail to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with a copy to National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the President (of India) Ramnath Kovind appealing the agency to take steps ensuring that the common people do not suffer in the name
of various strict measures to contain the outbreak of novel coronavirus, which he terms as a hoax citing a number of international media reports in western countries.
“It is shocking that when the human race is fighting the infection of novel corona virus for more than three months with the casualties of five hundred thousand people around the world (over 16,000 in India and 11 in Assam), Dr Phukan has come out with his claim that a seasonal influenza being framed as a pandemic. His views are already
circulated through a number of social and mainstream media outlets of Assam,” said a statement issued by the forum.
Emphasizing on timely and necessary explanations by the concerned authorities including the State government over the debate, the PPFA also urges Indian Medical Association or Indian Medical Council to come with specific inputs over the issue so that it cannot create misunderstanding among the people facing the prolonged lockdown and all the efforts to contain the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country do not go waste.
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