New nurses told to spread correct messages

Vezilyn Isom places a badge on one of the male nurse who was commissioned yesterday.
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NEWLY registered nurses are reminded to not spread false and misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Head of Nursing Michael Larui made the reminder to the 127 new nurses who officially joined the nursing service yesterday.

His reminder came in the wake of the recent report that says some of health workers are spread misinformation on vaccines.

“Misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 has spread more widely and quickly than the virus itself through network,” Larui said.

“The spread of flash and potentially dangerous claims during a lethal pandemic clearly poses a threat to our national security,” he added.

“For example, even with the announcement of a vaccine that is safe and effective, there is growing misinformation about the immunisation and groundswell movement of anti-vaxxers.

“The initial slow response and turnout to vaccination in Honiara even by health workers was testament to this.

“Nurse’ voice has the community’s trust, therefore nurses must get and pass right information’s to the public. This voice is needed now more than ever,” Larui said.