by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Health has responded to posts on social media that a nurse died as a result of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement Tuesday, April 13, the Ministry of Health said “Nurse Josephine Arceo’s untimely passing is poignantly regrettable and contrary to the falsehood being circulated, is entirely unrelated to the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The misinformation being circulated on social media relative to her demise, is therefore extremely unfortunate and sadly, is completely devoid of the requisite empathy for someone who has given so much in service of our country.” the press release read.
Consequently, the Ministry of Health urges the public to respect Arceo’s family and provide the necessary privacy and prayers during this extremely sad and difficult period of grief and bereavement.
The demise of Nurse Arceo has intensely affected the entire staff of the Ministry of Health, her nursing colleagues, and the other members of the local Filipino community. Words alone cannot adequately convey the impact of the huge loss of Nurse Arceo on the health care system, particularly, in the area of maternal and child health.