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Calling Out The Shots by Eashwarran Kohilathas; ‎ independently published (December 2022) 

DURING Covid in 2020, Dr Eashwarran Kohilathas worked in accident and emergency in a busy NHS hospital and at a GP practice, all the while gathering information and asking questions about Covid measures that seemed largely redundant. He also worked in paediatrics and neonatal and in adolescent mental health with children aged between 13 years and 17 years. It was the inhumane treatment of children he witnessed that affected him most. 

Teenagers as young as 13 attempted suicide; others who tested negative for Covid, were placed in solitary confinement in case they became infectious. He found the damage caused to them unbearable and eventually deregistered himself as a doctor. This came at a deep personal cost as he his income dropped to zero and he abandoned plans to buy a flat with his girlfriend. His mother cried for weeks.

Children had so little voice and so few advocates. There were notable exceptions like former headteacher Mike Fairclough, and former student Montgomery Toms. I reported both their stories in TCW. The truth is children faced minimal risk from Covid, yet they were used as human shields with disastrous effects.

Dr Kohilathas recalls: ‘After eight months of working in the emergency department, I worked with children and babiesin paediatrics and neonatology; this was during the second wave. To give you some context of how busy it was, there was only one child admitted due to Covid-19 in my four months working there. This child was not in a serious state and was quickly discharged. The wards were largely empty.

‘I continued to observe, read journals, research, and write. I knew that lockdowns had taken a toll on people’s mental health, but I was horrified to find out just how much. I predominantly worked on the young people’s ward, and I saw first-hand just how much the pandemic had taken from them.

‘I encountered children as young as 13 who tried to kill themselves. Others were there with eating disorders and signs of psychosis, both conditions worsened by stress and a lack of routine.

‘Many stayed for up to a year, not improving, their education and future ruined. The nurses and psychiatrists agreed that they were seeing record numbers of young people being admitted. There was a growing admission waiting list for this particular hospital.

‘Working in mental health was emotionally draining, but to make matters worse, I felt that the rules placed by the infection control department were harming the children. Upon admission, many children were placed in rooms alone, with only sporadic interactions with staff members who were masked and gowned up and sat outside their doors. This appeared to be done in an effort to limit viral spread. Children were placed in this room alone until two PCR tests were taken and confirmed negative before letting them enter the main ward.

‘In my four months working there, not one child was symptomatic with Covid-19; not one child had a positive test, and yet these children, with serious underlying mental health issues like psychosis and severe depression, were placed in solitary confinement on admission, sometimes for up to four days in a row.

‘To get to those rooms in the first place, children had to traverse the ward, so if they were hypothetically infectious, they’d be spreading the virus everywhere anyway. And yet we had people from outside the hospital visiting the ward who did not need to be tested before entering. Staff members were free to interact and go shopping after work and on the weekends, then come back to work without being tested or placed in confinement. Many of the staff had taken the shot, so in theory they were protected too. What was the concern? I did not get any of it.

‘What I saw was that we were jeopardising these young peoples’ mental health and recovery due to personal ignorance and fear. When I brought these rules up with senior colleagues, they told me it was just the way things were. 

‘The case of admissions confinement is only one example of stupidity bordering on a breach of human rights out of many.’

I talked to Dr Kohilathas about the children, and he added this: ‘It was a circus act and deep down everyone knew it. The measures we took meant we were increasing their stay in hospital. It was all incorrect and harmful. 

‘Nothing was illegal in terms of regimen, but ethics and law have been drifting apart.’

Under-18 referrals increased by nearly 40 per cent during 2021 to 2022 according to NHS data, while the number of children needing treatment for serious mental health issues was more than a million, 1,169,515. The 2020 to 2021 figure was 839,570. The NHS England data included children who were suicidal, self-harming, suffering serious depression or anxiety, and those with eating disorders.

‘A lot of young women came in with anorexia and food related mental health disorders. The pandemic worsened this. When you lose external control, you look for internal control and eating disorders are a response to loss of control,’ Dr Kohilathas said.

He also explained the 40 per cent increase. ‘The Covid response made everything worse. There was a long waiting list to get into the ward and once admitted, children were there for a long time. 

‘A lot of children on the autistic spectrum came in. They were rebelling and running away from home. Children on the spectrum need structure and routine and their world and structure stopped once they were locked down. 

‘I knew this was not right. Every time I went home, I felt a massive burden in my heart.’

Dr Kohilathas did anything in his power to advocate for children including putting his career on the line. On 30 September 2021, he wrote to the General Medical Council (GMC) to plead for children aged 12 to 15, to remain unvaccinated. The vaccine had not yet been mooted for younger children.

He said: ‘My clinical experience in paediatrics and general practice during the second wave, as well as months of research, told me clearly that most children did not suffer from Covid-19 like adults did and were extremely unlikely to die from it. So, when it was confirmed that children around the country were about to be jabbed, I was more than confused; I was mortified.

‘I posted the letter online along with a petition that was gaining traction fast. Others obviously felt what I felt. However, in no less than a few hours, the petition got taken down by the website, and a few days later, the GMC replied with a generic response, pretty much saying that it could not do anything about it.

‘I felt defeated.’

His book is nearly 800 pages with hundreds of references supporting its content. The cover says it all: ‘Questioning the science behind the Covid-19 genetic agents; shedding light on jab-related injuries; helping you understand the powers of natural immunity; and exploring what you might be able to do about it all.’

Since he left the NHS, Dr Kohilathas, 31, has reached out to many of the vaccine injured and lists over 50 supplements in the book to help recovery from adverse events. in the coming weeks, I will discuss these with him in detail.

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More about Dr Kohilathas here.

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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