(TheIndependentStar.com) – On September 21, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) named Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo as the state’s new surgeon general. He also will take the title of Florida Department of Health secretary. Some are not happy about the appointment due to the doctor’s views on how to handle COVID-19.
Dr. Ladapo has some strong opinions about the response to the pandemic. The University of Florida College of Medicine professor is against mandating face coverings and vaccines and in favor of promoting good health.
The Harvard graduate says fear has been a leading tool of government officials throughout the whole pandemic, and it must stop.
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Ladapo wants to lead with education that will help people to understand how to protect themselves in various different ways. He also pointed to mistrust as a huge factor in the anti-vaccine mindset. To this end, he thinks leaders need to stop coercing people into getting jabs and educate them about the risks and benefits instead.
While he is not against masks or vaccines, the Nigerian-born doctor explains there are more choices for people to keep themselves safe from COVID-19. He promotes healthy eating and exercising as a part of a well-rounded approach to fighting the virus.
Ladapo shares DeSantis’ opinion that people have rights and should be able to make their own choices when it comes to their bodies and health. His goal is to give them the information they need to make informed decisions.
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