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Chief sanitary official urged not to chase after scoop headlines

19.03.2020, 15:58
Photo credit: Ministry of Health
Photo credit: Ministry of Health

The Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Viktor Lyashko urged mass media not to chase after scoop headlines, and called Ukrainians to be careful while treating information and to remain calm and to observe terms of quarantine.

He said it in a video message he posted on the official website of the Ministry of Health on Facebook, as Ukrinform reported.

“There is a lot untruthful reports and manipulation with facts in mass media. In this regard, I want to address to every journalist and every Ukrainian: I urge everyone to check the information. At present, we need to have a cold head and a hot heart, in any case not the other way around. The authorities have set up every preventative measures and developed the necessary algorithms. Healthcare professionals know how to act, trust them. I urge the media: don't chase after scoop in headlines. Your help is thoughtful and verified information. Only together we can communicate effectively, ”Lyashko said.

He also urged Ukrainians to treat every message or scam very responsibly and critically, "because the panic virus is much more serious than the coronavirus."

"Trust the official sources of information and stay calm, and most importantly - fulfill the conditions of quarantine, stay at home," - said Lyashko.

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