Many overseas have denounced, on social networks, the words of Doctor Hervé Boissin, guest of the national news channel LCI on Sunday August 1.
Voodoo and rum as an explanation for the low vaccination coverage in Martinique? In any case, these are the arguments put forward by Dr Hervé Boisson, invited last night by LCI to comment on the worrying health situation on the Caribbean island.
“It’s cultural, there are other sources of information, I won’t go back to voodoo, but it still exists in these areas. (…) A lot of problems come from culture. And rum does not cure everything, on the contrary”, Affirms on the plate, the general practitioner, questioned on the low rate of vaccination of the population (approximately 16%).
“Stop contempt!”On social networks, the words of Dr Hervé Boissin do not pass. Many overseas internet users have expressed their indignation.
No, the inhabitants of the French overseas departments and territories are not assisted savages who live in the bush, drink ti punch and then piss at the level of doctors on the plateau with a voodoo doll in their hand.
– Strategieduchoc 🇫🇷 (@strategieduchoc) August 2, 2021
Anything this doctor. Voodoo and rum😂. He has seen too much rum. As David says, the problem is the same when the metropolis is simply an island and therefore saturates more quickly as in certain metropolitan departments. And we don’t touch the rum 😋
– didier❌🌈 (@hirodid) August 2, 2021
Otherwise during this time, you will take back a little RACISM !!!
So I can’t take any more of this shitty media climate !!! https://t.co/wNOvyggv1B
– Aorélia (🐘 & 🐥) ➖ Аорэлиа # 3315 🌿🔻 (@ aorelia1982) August 2, 2021
For this Parisian doctor, voodooism and rum are responsible for mistrust. It’s taking people for idiots! In Martinique, we have among the highest rates of graduates in the world. Contempt is enough! Stop the contempt for our compatriots in the West Indies. They dare everything https://t.co/EwprzlOmXs
– Romu Méninge (@romumartinik) August 2, 2021
Martiniquaise Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor of Paris, also reacted, denouncing comments “not very serious” and “clichés”.
Not very serious this gentleman who mentions rum, voodoo (in Martinique?), Culture … forgetting the innate sense of rhythm, the sweetness of life, hot-rabbits and lascivious women! Let’s see, if we put the pictures on like pearls, we might as well do it! #Or not 🤦🏽♀️🙄 https://t.co/AEmrMGgLRa
– Audrey PULVAR (@AudreyPulvar) August 2, 2021
The Martinican branch of La France Insoumise, points, in a press release, of “inadmissible clichés”. “We refuse that such disparaging remarks are made on any channel whatsoever without any reaction from the journalist present on the set.”, Reacted the Insoumis, asking for“public apologies”From the doctor and the chain.
– Dédé Saint-Prix (@DDSaintPrix) August 2, 2021
The overseas territories are hit hard by the fourth wave of coronavirus and their health situation is worrying. 16% of the population is vaccinated in the West Indies, against 60% on average in France. Interviewed by the daily Liberation, the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, this morning called on local elected officials and healthcare staff to take the floor to encourage the vaccination of the overseas population.