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Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum: Upset Patients, Destroyed Lives?



There are some things we all have come to expect when we visit the doctor’s office. We expect that our medical needs, whatever they are, will be taken seriously and that our ills, whatever their magnitude, will be treated with diligent medical scrutiny. But what if our expectations are woefully short of reality and instead of the empathetic hand of a determined doctor, we are met with abrasiveness and apathy? What if we are met with a doctor who literally has no time to spare for the reality of our suffering?

This seems to be the reality of many present and bygone patients of Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum. One patient describes Dr. Tenenbaum’s approach to patient care as “…more concerned with getting you out of his office as fast as he can.” Another quips that “Dr. Jerry Tenenbaum seems to be lazy when it comes to patient care. He seems to prefer prescribing painkillers over a thoughtful approach to treatment.” Indeed, needlessly throwing pain killers at his patients without any serious attempt to diagnose the root cause of their pain seems an all too familiar theme among his numerous negative reviews.

The unfortunate reality is that things seem to only get worse with respect to Dr. Tenenbaum’s medical practice. Many reviewers brought up serious concerns regarding Tenenbaum’s brisk and uninterested consultation practices: “I used to be a part-time paramedic. If I took a patient history and assessment the way he does (curt, hurried, uninterested) none of my patients would have made it to the hospital alive. You have to have the ability to listen to your patients.”

It would be unfair to assume that this was Dr. Tenenbaum’s normal procedure if it were not for additional reviews bringing up similar concerns:

“Rude, arrogant, over-books his patients to the point that his office should have a revolving door because you’re in one minute and out the next.”

This is gravely concerning. We are not dealing with a person who is making quick decisions about what color some fabric should be or where some furniture should be situated in a room, as one can easily afford some mistakes with respect to these decisions. No, instead we are dealing with the reality of a person’s very well-being, where life, death, and serious trauma are ominous realities of the medical profession. One misstep, one poor diagnosis could literally destroy the life of a person who came seeking help and instead was curtailed into oblivion.

A doctor who prefers handing out painkillers like Halloween candy instead of offering serious diagnoses and who spends as much time with you as some fleeting phantom is certainly one to be avoided. But if that is not enough to advise you against this manifestly dangerous medical practitioner, consider the following review with respect to his treatment record:

“When I asked him if walking was a good way to get some exercise in, he told me it was not and that I should do something with more impact.”

Of course, such high-impact exercise has long been held to cause considerably more damage than good, which led this same reviewer to lament that “…after stupidly following his advice I was left in considerably more pain than before.”

A doctor who is a “[r]ude man,” a “jerk,” and who is “abrupt and offensive” is, I suppose, tolerable if his diagnoses are sincere and accurate. But it seems abundantly clear that this doctor hasn’t the time to make serious and sincere diagnoses. No, this doctor cares more about maximizing profit than offering the results of health and wellness to those who come into his office desperately desiring them. Unhappy patients and destroyed lives? Yes, I think on this matter the case is settled.

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Hundreds of Indonesian healthcare workers contract COVID-19 despite vaccination, dozens hospitalised



JAKARTA: More than 350 Indonesian doctors and healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac and dozens have been hospitalised, officials said, as concerns rise about the efficacy of some vaccines against more virulent virus strains.

Most of the doctors were asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, said Badai Ismoyo, head of the Kudus district health office in Central Java, but dozens were in hospital with high fevers and declining oxygen saturation levels.

Kudus is battling an outbreak believed to be driven by the more transmissible Delta variant which has pushed bed occupancy rates above 90 per cent in the district.

Designated as a priority group, Indonesian healthcare workers were among the first to be vaccinated when the inoculation drive started in January.

Almost all have received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac, according to the Indonesian Medical Association.

While the number of Indonesian healthcare workers dying from COVID-19 has decreased significantly – dropping from 158 deaths this January to 13 this May, according to data initiative group LaporCOVID-19 – public health experts say the Java hospitalisations are cause for concern.

“The data shows they have the Delta variant so it is no surprise that the breakthrough infection is higher than before because as we know the majority of healthcare workers in Indonesia got Sinovac, and we still don’t know yet how effective it is in the real world against the Delta variant,” said Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Australia’s Griffith University.

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China’s Covid-19 vaccine flops in Singapore too



New Delhi: In a major setback to Chinas Covid vaccines, Singapore is not counting its citizens who received Sinovac Biotech shots as being vaccinated against Covid-19 due to lack of data to show that the doses are effective against coronavirus, especially the Delta strain.

“We don’t really have a medical or scientific basis or have the data now to establish how effective Sinovac is in terms of infection and severe illnesses on Delta,” local media cited health minister Ong Ye Kung as saying at a press conference on Wednesday.

The decision comes close on the heels of serious doubts arising over Chinese vaccines in Indonesia as those who have received the shots are also contracting Covid-19 and infections are surging in the country.

The Delta variant is currently the dominant strain of Covid-19 in Singapore and was identified in the city state in May. Only people who have received the Moderna and Pfizer shots, are being considered as vaccinated in the official records.

Singapore had allowed some private clinics to offer the Sinovac shot, CoronaVac, from mid-June. Around 17,000 people are reported to have received one dose of CoronaVac.

Local media had also reported Singapore’s director of medical services saying last month that evidence from other countries showed people who had taken CoronaVac were still getting infected.

Most of the vaccines being used by Indonesia have also come from China’s Sinovac Biotech. Some health workers inoculated with Sinovac jabs have been hospitalized due to Covid-19. A few have even died despite being fully immunized, according to a report in Nikkei Asia.

The Indonesian Doctors Association says that of the 14 doctors who died from the virus between February and May, ten had been fully vaccinated with Sinovac, while the rest had been given one dose.

Although there is a serious problem with Chinese vaccines due to inadequate data to show their efficacy, some countries are being forced to opt for them because of the cute shortage of vaccines worldwide amid the devastating pandemic.

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102 people qualify for S$451,000 in Covid-19 vaccine injury financial aid to date: Ong Ye Kung



SINGAPORE — The authorities have approved S$451,000 worth of financial aid to people who had suffered serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccines in Singapore, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Tuesday (July 6).

The payments have either been paid out or are being processed to 102 applicants under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (Vifap) introduced by the Government in January.

They were among a total of 292 applicants who had submitted a complete Vifap application as of June 25, Mr Ong said.

Of these, 159 did not meet the eligibility criteria and 31 applications are waiting to be reviewed by an independent clinical panel or pending more medical information from the applicant’s doctor.

Mr Ong was responding in a written answer to a parliamentary question filed by Ms He Ting Ru, Member of Parliament for Sengkang Group Representation Constituency, who had asked about the applications made and payments approved under the programme.

TODAY has asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) for details of these approved payouts.

Vifap provides three tiers of support to people assessed to be adversely affected by their Covid-19 inoculation.

The first is a one-time payout of S$2,000 for patients who need hospitalisation and medical intervention and who later recover.

The second is a payout of up to S$10,000 that will be given to those who were hospitalised and required care in a high dependency or intensive care unit, but later recover from the side effects caused by the vaccine.

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