Dr. Mustafa Hirji is the Acting Health Medical Officer for the region of Niagara, Ontario. He was allegedly under threat due to restrictions on COVID-19. Police say the alleged threats are being investigated by them. The outpouring of support he received was welcomed by Hirji. The threats were condemned by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his support for Hirji was voiced. This coming week, the stay-at-home order will be lifted in 27 more public health units, moving the regions back to the color-coded COVID.-19 restrictions framework, which is intended to prevent people from reopening their businesses and residences. In order to protect public health and the economy from the potential ‘third wave’ of a deadly flu pandemic, which has quadrupled in the last three months, the province says the move is necessary.
“Death threats and all forms of violence must not be tolerated here, or anywhere,” the OMA says. Doctors in Ontario call on everyone to work together to maintain the safety of patients, families and communities. He was a victim of online bullying, the medical officer of health in Windsor-Essex said last November. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweets, “This rhetoric is unacceptable, and I strongly condemn it,” “Cut it out,” tweets Premier Ford.
“Our health officials have only one priority: the health and well-being of their communities,” Ford says. Since the pandemic started, the health officer in Windsor says he has received threatening letters and emails. The health unit’s medical officer says that since the outbreak, he and others at the health unit have received threats.