Joshi instructs officials to remove old recording spreading disinformation about Covid-19
While the Uttarakhand Government had directed district authorities across the state to take action against those who are spreading any misleading information regarding Covid-19 contagion, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has been playing a three month old recording in some of its garbage collection vehicles. This old pre-recorded recording spreading incorrect information among the public dates back to when Covid-19 positive cases had not been found in the state. In this pre-recorded audio, additional chief medical officer (ACMO) Dr Dinesh Chauhan states that nobody needs to panic due to novel coronavirus because so far there is no Covid-19 positive case in Uttarakhand. Last month, Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ was also made aware of this issue. He had then stated that there must be very few vehicles which might be playing the said recording in the city. He had assured to look into this matter but despite this, the audio could still be heard playing in some garbage collection vehicles of the corporation one month later. However, when this matter was brought to the attention of chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi on Tuesday, he immediately instructed the officials concerned to remove the audio.
It is pertinent to mention here that though the old pre-recorded message has been removed or replaced from many of the garbage collection vehicles, it was still being played in some vehicles.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun