Statement of Support
One of the fundamentals of medicine and the guiding principles around the ethical application of medical procedures and interventions is INFORMED CONSENT.
Under this banner is the requirement that the subjects of such interventions be given adequate information to make personalised informed decisions about their care. Informed Consent falls under an even bigger umbrella of the Helsinki Declaration which includes the principles of FIRST DO NO HARM and the protection of the individuals’ rights beyond those of society.
The current environment of vaccine mandates and forced injections unfortunately goes against these fundamental medical principles which were generated from past violations of human rights and forced experimentation on humans in Nazi Germany. When investigations or interventions are experimental, it is even more paramount to ensure that we do not forgo these guiding principles as the harm done will set humanity back in terms of their trust in medicine for decades. This is the reason why the Nuremberg Code was signed at the end of World War II — to ensure that no experimentation was forced on human subjects without their consent, amongst many other precautionary requirements.
The Red List is aiming to stay on he side of he people, by creating a platform where the respect of individual human rights is recognised and protected; where population subjects are supported through the sharing of knowledge on what these rights are, how to navigate the challenges of force and coercion; to be aware of the violators and the alternatives that exist in case of being banned from accessing the various services required for experiencing a full and meaningful life.
The reason I’m proud to be part of the Red List is their goal to build on human solidarity, a respect for the sanctity of life and the preservation of individual human rights to bodily autonomy through this collaborative platform which is being adopted and adapted all over the world. Together we can end the tyranny and steer society back to the path of respecting civil rights and ensuring ethical interventions are applied in the current and future pandemics or any other societal challenges.
Former Chief of ICU and Associate Professor at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH) and Sefako Makgatho University (SMU).
Founder and current Deputy President of the Cardiac Anaesthesia Society of Southern Africa (CASSA).
A reviewer for the Southern African Journal of Critical Care (SAJCC), a former examiner for the Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetist and current examiner for the Certificate in Critical Care.
A member of various medical societies in South Africa and have contributed in the drawing of practice guidelines in various aspects of cardiac anaesthesia and critical care — including the COVID-19 Critical Care guidelines for the Gauteng Province.
Was instrumental in the conceptualisation and eventual construction of the only major 280 bed negative flow unit for COVID-19 at DGMAH and was the lead physician on the floor managing COVID-19 patients through three waves in that hospital.
Was co-principal investigator for the WHO-SOLIDARITY Trial looking a repurposed therapies for managing COVID-19 in ICU, and was the site’s principal investigator for the African COVID-19 Critical Care Outcomes Study (ACCCOS).
Have presented many webinars on personal perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic including sharing experiences with the Gauteng Province Command Council and the National Dept of Health.
Have written extensively on the various experts of the pandemic interventions, from lockdowns, random PCR testing, early COVID-19 treatment and recently a pragmatic approach on COVID-19 vaccines.
A commentator and contributor in the broad array of topics involving meaningful, contextual and ethical strategies to combat the various medical and sociopolitical challenges faced by South Africans.
Currently practicing as cardiac anaesthetist in private practice, involved in managing complex paediatric and adult heart problems.