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Migrant children should be treated with compassion and respect

To The Daily Sun,

Today in the office a patient came in and said he agreed with my recent letter to the paper, but also thought I was brave to write it because it would open up criticism from the true believers out there. And then right on cue comes a letter from Greg Knytych. The only thing that bothered me about the letter was that Greg questioned my integrity.

Greg does not know me, in 30 years of practicing medicine both here in the states and in Africa and Pakistan no one has ever questioned my integrity. I think it is cowardly of you, Greg, to question my integrity in a letter. I know you would never do that to my face.

My sources when I write are beyond question, you can disagree with them but you cannot question my integrity when I source them. Greg there is so much disinformation in your letter I hope that when I am done exposing you, you have the integrity to admit your wrong.

First , you state, "you want to know sources, Mirno", "how about the report that one hospital has spent over $60,000 to vaccinate approximately 50-60 children because they weren't vaccinated when they arrived." If you believe this, this means that this hospital spent about $1,000 per child to vaccinate them. I think a reasonable, intelligent person would look at this and maybe question these numbers and spend, oh I don't know, about 60 seconds online, to find out that this source, Greg, is completely wrong. News source KFOX 14 out of El Paso Texas, reports that the hospitals in question in El Paso, actually treated 50-60 and they did indeed spend $60,000 dollars but it was to treat kids through the ER , not to vaccinate. Kids were sent there to be evaluated and treated, and yes I can believe that $1,000 was spent per child. And these hospitals will be reimbursed through MedPar (medical payment authority request). But it was not to vaccinate. If you are going to quote sources Greg, at least try and get it right. These were for minor illness and none of the children needed to spend the night in the hospital.

There is no vaccine schedule I know of that can cost $1,000 at a single setting. But maybe you can tell us where we can find this source? I believe this is what I would call a laughable source. Your statement is so patently ridiculous that I will send a check for $100 to the charity of your choice if you can verify your claim through a legitimate news source. Would you do the same?

Then you quote Russ, "and now we have children coming in with TB." And your source for this is "a senior unidentified spokesman for the CDC." Come on Greg, are we supposed to believe this? You then continue the quote saying that "chicken pox, scabies, lice foot and mouth disease, bacterial pneumonia and who knows what other diseases." I went back on line, to the CDC website, and to an infectious disease website and found no source which stated these children at the border were a danger to the cattle of Texas.

I'm sorry Greg. Didn't you know that foot and mouth disease is a disease rarely seen in humans, but deadly in cattle. I'm sure you or Russ can give us your source for this statement. Let me help you out. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a disease caused by the coxsackie virus, this is seen in children. It is not deadly. We see it routinely in our office. This is great, now Russ himself, is considered a laughable source, thanks to you.

You acknowledge that UNICEF has stated that 93 percent of the children in the countries in question are vaccinated for measles. Do you know what the herd immunity is for measles? With measles, when 83-94 percent of the people are vaccinated the disease dies out. So if 93 percent of the children are vaccinated against measles we are not going to see any great outbreaks, the science does not fit.

You again quote some unnamed source later on in the article, "there have been reports of measles and chicken pox at the centers." Please, Greg give us the source so we can look them up ourselves. These sources are not coming from World Net Daily are they? Or as I affectionately call it World Nut Daily.

You go on to say that 60,000 vaccinations have been given. Great. Let's vaccinate everyone. What was the cost of these vaccinations, I'm glad you asked. It was around $26,000. That comes out to about 45 cents a dose. Greg, go back to your first statement about a hospital spending $1,000 per child to vaccinate. By my calculations $1,000 would buy about 2,100 doses of vaccines at 45 cents a dose. So you seem to think that each of those 50 children received 2,100 vaccinations. Yes Greg , that seems highly likely.

You then go on to quote Eddie Olivarez, the director of the Hidalgo County Health Department, "officials have counted five cases of chicken pox." Stop the presses; five cases of chickenpox. Actually I found a press conference online by Mr. Olivarez dated July 16 at which he stated that they had 10 cases of chickenpox, but they were all in remission. Not a threat to any one.
I find this laughable because Russ, as you may know, does not believe in vaccinations. I have advocated for vaccines from day one, as anyone who reads this paper knows. Now you and Russ are worried about a vaccine preventable disease like chickenpox. Give me a break. But let's continue with a quote from Mr Olivarez, "There is no indication of any communicable disease, any infectious disease that are a threat to us at this point."

And that was the point of my original letter. Whatever you think about the crisis at the border, to use the false narrative that these children present some major health crisis is just nonsense. For you to use these children as pawns to attack the president is unconscionable. Remember it was a law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 called the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act, which ensures that children arriving at the border unaccompanied from central American countries like Guatemala, EL Salvador, and Honduras get a full immigration hearing, and cannot be turned away without it. These children risk a lot to come to this country to escape murder, gangs, sex trafficking and a relentless cycle of poverty. We should treat them with respect and compassion, not lies and half truths. That is all I ask.

What about it Greg, ready to show your integrity and admit your wrong? I can't wait for your reply. Oh yea, and how about that check?

Mirno Pasquali, PA -C

Laconia

 
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