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Health Permanent Secretary Outraged At Death Announcement Leak On Facebook

This was all before the announcement was made on Friday. Dr Fong said that the ministry is taking this matter very seriously. He said that information is not being leaked out by medical professionals, but by people who know them.
02 Aug 2020 15:49
Health Permanent Secretary Outraged At Death Announcement Leak On Facebook
Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong during a press conference at the Denim House in Suva.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong was outraged at the apparent leak of details about the nation’s first COVID-related death on Friday.

Yesterday when the Fiji Sun called Dr Fong, he was not aware that information about the deceased was made available on Facebook, prior to the announcement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

The rogue page run by people with fake profiles or overseas is called “Fiji Exposed admins”. It has little credibility, but it gave details of the death and claims about the victim. Another Facebook page called Fiji Samachar also circulated information.

This was all before the announcement was made on Friday. Dr Fong said that the ministry is taking this matter very seriously.  He said that information is not being leaked out by medical professionals, but by people who know them.

“I would be surprised, but I know there are some fake sites around, with our logos on it, but I can’t verify them,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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