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In Singapore, doctor was caught injecting saline solution instead of Covid vaccine

by Pragati Singh

Singapore, doctor was caught injecting saline

According to local media, a 33-year-old Singapore doctor associated with an anti-vaccination group has been suspended after being accused of injecting patients with saline solution instead of the COVID-19 vaccine and uploading false vaccination statuses to the Ministry of Health’s National Immunisation Registry.

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) suspended Dr Jipson Quah’s registration as a medical practitioner on March 23 for 18 months, or until the disciplinary processes are completed, whichever is sooner, the council stated on Monday.

Dr. Quah, a member of the anti-coronavirus vaccine team, Healing the Divide, was accused in court of conspiracy to defraud the Ministry of Health (MOH) by providing fake vaccination statistics.

According to SMC, on January 23, it received a complaint from MOH, which was forwarded to the Interim Orders Committee. The committee found that Dr. Quah’s suspension was “essential for the protection of members of the public and in the public interest.”

It was stated, among other things, that Dr. Quah gave patients saline solution instead of the COVID-19 vaccine and that he submitted fraudulent vaccination statuses to the MOH’s National Immunisation Registry to show that these patients had been vaccinated against the illness.

According to the committee, he was reportedly “grossly overpriced” for providing these individuals with saline solution instead of the vaccination.

Dr. Quah is also accused of creating a bogus patient account and posting a bogus COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) result for an unvaccinated patient to the MOH’s portal.

According to SMC, he reportedly gave the patient a letter in order for the patient to be excused from vaccination-differentiated safe management measures.

The doctor is also accused of assisting the uploading of pre-event testing (PET) findings acquired by remote PET that were “not done in compliance” with the current laws, according to the council.

“Dr. Quah’s acts have public health ramifications and demonstrate his inability to maintain the highest moral integrity and intellectual honesty, as well as to safeguard and promote the health of people and the community,” added SMC.

The council stated that investigations are underway and that an independent complaints committee has been formed to look into the situation.

Dr. Quah’s assistant, Thomas Chua Cheng Soon, has also been charged with conspiracy to mislead MOH.

Separately, Healing the Divide founder Iris Koh is charged with two counts: conspiracy with Quah and hindering a police inspector by refusing to sign and shredding up a copy of her statement.

On January 21, Dr. Quah, his assistant, Thomas Chua, 40, and Iris Koh, were detained.

On January 31, he was accused in court and given bail of SGD20,000.

Police preliminary investigations found that Koh, 46, allegedly introduced customers to Dr. Quah and Chua.

According to court filings, Dr. Quah and Mr. Chua fraudulently claimed to MOH that a woman called Mehrajunnisha had received the Sinopharm vaccination when she had not.

According to The Straits Times, four clinics owned or operated by Dr. Quah were handed suspension notices and had their permits to administer COVID-19 fast testing removed.

Dr. Quah was also suspended from his part-time job as a laboratory director at the Diagnostics Development Hub’s clinical diagnostics lab, which is financed by the National Research Foundation and supervised by the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, which owns biomedical business PPD Global Central Lab, where Dr. Quah was listed as a director, also placed him on leave, according to The Straits Times.

Meanwhile, Singapore recorded 4,925 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 112 imported infections, or those entering from outside the country.

Four people died as a result of coronavirus complications, bringing the total number of deaths from coronavirus complications to 1,254.


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