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Rohan Deshong

Dr. Rohan Deshong, speaking on VC3 on Wednesday. (Photo: Facebook LIVE)

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A senior doctor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines says that more deaths in the country should be listed as COVID-19 deaths.

Dr. Rohan Deshong, consultant urologist at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital says that he believes that health officials have set the threshold too high for a death to be blamed on the viral infection, which has claimed 33 lives in the country.

He made the point on the state-owned VC3’s “Round Table Talk”, on Wednesday, as he made a case for more Vincentians to get vaccinated against the disease, saying that the deaths in the country are “unfortunate”.

“I’ve been a devil’s advocate. I am one of those who believe that if you were diagnosed with COVID, and you came into the hospital, and you had a heart attack, you got the fever, chills, rigours, little rashes on your chest, you came down fairly badly with it, but you’re a known hypertensive, or diabetic, and then you had a heart attack and died, many would say, ‘Oh, it’s because the pressure was high or the sugar was high.’ I am one of those who say, ‘No. The precipitant of your heart attack was the bad infection from COVID’,” Deshong said.

“But I think, I mean, Dr. Keizer can confirm it, we have strict criteria for saying — and when you do medical certificates, we generally have strict criteria for diagnosing certain things and for labelling a disease as the cause, the direct cause of death,” he further said on the programme on which Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache was also a guest.

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“And I think with COVID, we are fairly rigid. So rigid that I think we are, in my opinion, underestimating the deaths; we’ve been very conservative. We try not to frighten people and then we’re still getting blamed for elevating the figures to frighten people. I wish we had. I always think we shouldn’t. But here we are; we are being blamed for what we are not doing.”

Deshong said that health authorities are struggling against misinformation surrounding the vaccines, adding that some people are doubling down on the distortions and misrepresenting the reality in the country.

“There are those who are saying we have escalated the figures to make people frightened. If anything, …we tend not to escalate the figures, we have a fairly high threshold for calling a death a COVID death, to the point that sometimes, I think we put the bar too high,” Deshong said on the programme on which Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache was a guest.

“And so it’s facetious that people would think that we are elevating the numbers just to make persons frightened [so they would go] to get vaccinated. And then you hear the other flip side of the coin. Trust me; people take the information and misinterpret it in whichever way they can, including the information about the vaccine.”

He said that while some people say that vaccinated people are spreading COVID-19, this is not the case.

Every scenario you can think of is being used to even distort the reality of what’s happening. And that’s sad. Fortunately, the people are waking up and saying, ‘You know what? I’m going to vaccinate.’ And I bet you if you go to clinics now, there are long lines outside the clinics of people waiting to be both tested and vaccinated.”

SVG is currently experiencing its second COVID-19 spike, which has seen 21 people die since Sept. 9.

Since Sept. 8, the country has recorded 1,574 cases of COVID-19, with the total moving from 2,391 to 3,965 as of Thursday, Oct. 7.

During that same period, the death toll has risen from 12 to 33.

Commenting on the COVID-19 deaths in the country, Deshong said:

“The simplest word is unfortunate. Unfortunate. Because we’ve had a lot of time to, as my Facebook friends would say, do our research. We’ve had a lot of time to ask questions, to be sceptical. And it’s unfortunate. I made a post on Facebook a few days ago and said there is no need for Vincentians to be dying in the presence of an effective vaccine. There’s no need for us to be dying. And that’s why I said it’s unfortunate. It’s so unfortunate [that] when I think about it, it makes me angry. So I tend not to want to talk about it.”

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4 replies on “More deaths should be counted under COVID — doctor”

  1. Because the people there are very ignorant, in the littlest country in the west indies. They listen to to much he say and they say, that is why there is going to be more deaths in saint Vincent.

  2. Avatar Of Concerned Health Care ProfessionalConcerned Health Care professional says:

    I think the truth is the opposite of what this doctor is saying. It has been exposed by health professionals around the world that there is a tendency to call as many deaths as possible to be from Covid-19. MANY DOCTORS ARE STATING THAT THIS VIRUS CAUSES COMORBIDITY. THIS DOCTOR SEEMS TO HAVE IT BACKWARDS!….MORE SCARE TACTICS TO COMPEL VACCINATION.

    What if I were to mention that some doctors are keeping count of how many of their patients have died immediately after vaccination as well as how many have died within three months after vaccination?

    I am in a medical-related field and talk to doctors and nurses almost every day and they tell me this suspicious official information is also true in SVG, in other words, OPPOSITE OF WHAT THIS DOCTOR IS SAYING. We in SVG are not allowed to say that anyone has died after getting vaccinated and now I am hearing from doctors that at least some of those deaths listed as unvaccinated, actually were vaccinated!

    A MAJOR PROBLEM RIGHT NOW IN SVG IS THAT IT APPEARS WE ARE BEING LIED TO ON A GRAND SCALE!
    SO THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WONDER WHY THERE ARE SO MANY ANGRY PEOPLE AND PROTESTS ARE THEREFORE TENDING TO GET VIOLENT. TO INCLUDE THE ULP LOSING SUPPORTERS IN LARGE NUMBERS!

    TRUST IN GOVERNMENT HERE IN SVG IS PROBABLY THE LOWEST IN HISTORY! THEY SHOULD STOP LYING TO US AND WITHHOLDING THE TRUTH.
    Maybe they should care about our health instead of vaccination numbers.

    You should NOT hate the Prime Minister for this tyranny. If you spend hours everyday researching to find out what is going on worldwide you will find that this Covid tyranny did not start at the WEF with the announcement of the Great Reset.. Instead of going through the history, just know that what leaders are forced to impose upon their people comes from a combination of players. At least two leaders have stated almost a year ago that they were threatened to impose these mandates by the IMF and World Bank. From within the UN through the WHO, instructions were given to at least 193 countries, of what is expected of them in order to compel their people to vaccinate. The vaccinations are just 1 of the criteria. There is much more to come!

  3. Avatar Of Rum And Coca Cola (Working For The Yankee Dollar)Rum and Coca Cola (working for the yankee dollar) says:

    Doctor, What you are saying is cause for grave concern, unfortunately a lot of people who should know better are the ones helping to spread lies and hearsay.

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