Letter to the editor, Kaieteur News, 28 January 2012
I paid scant interest in the current matter regarding the issuance of the anti-cervical Cancer vaccine – Gardasil. My interest was aroused when I read the article headlined: “Health Minister Dumps HPV Vaccine Criticism”. I then decided to check on the internet for additional information on Gardasil, and quite frankly, much of what I read seems to confirm the concerns of the group of women who are currently protesting the use of the vaccine.
I would think that the Minister, having sworn to uphold the constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, as well as to serve this nation without fear or favour and in the best interest of all and sundry, would seriously reconsider imposing this vaccine on our nation’s women.
After all it is the women who have concerns about the negative and debilitating side effects of the vaccine, and they are the ones raising their collective voices: for themselves and for those who are not in a position to speak for themselves.
It is a rather unfortunate situation when persons in authority, and for whatever reason known only to them, think that they always know what is best for the people they lead. Leaders are human like the people they lead. God alone has absolute authority and always knows what is best for the people: human experience teaches us that He is rejected most of the time by the majority of the people, including the very leaders themselves.
I wish to quote from an article I read in the Internet:
“Dr. Christian Fiala, a general practitioner from Vienna, Austria, told WorldNetDaily (WND) in a recent report that Merck’s Gardasil does not actually work to prevent cervical cancer, and that it is not safe. According to Dr. Fiala, “there is no proof of a causal relationship of HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, and there is no evidence that HPV vaccine reduces the overall number of cervical cancer (cases).”
Assuming for a moment that the Gardasil vaccine actually does help prevent HPV, Dr. Fiala asserts that HPV is not even itself responsible for causing cervical cancer, which makes the vaccine completely useless at accomplishing the very thing for which it is marketed.