Popular Nollywood actress, Georgina Onuoha has condemned how people are discussing the alleged health condition of her colleague, Genevieve Nnaji online.
This is coming amidst the speculation that Genevieve is struggling with a case of mental challenge due to drug abuse.
According to Onuoha, health practitioners who leaked her health status to the public are committing a criminal offence.
Onuoha called on Nigerians to sign a non-disclosure agreement anytime to approach a hospital for treatment.
The actress in a post on her social media platform wrote, “We need to be wary of the kind of information we consume on social media. Most often they are lies from the pit of hell.
“I have known and worked with Genny for over twenty-something years even before the industry was called “ Nollywood” We enjoyed our 90s working so hard entertaining Africa.
“The last time I saw her, and we chatted was in 2015. A sweet and kind soul.
“I do not know anything regarding her private and personal life and don’t have anything to say to that effect and I don’t believe the bs has been posted online.
“So don’t expect anything from this post other than me saying that what is being done to her online is criminal. It’s the worst kind of defamation.
“If you are a healthcare practitioner working in any hospital in America and you are leaking any patient’s health information to the public, you are committing a crime.
“Any healthcare worker spreading such lies has broken both state and federal laws in America. It is a HIPAA violation of the patient’s privacy Art.
“It is punishable by fines, license revocation, and time in prison.
“To dear Genny’s family, your child and sister have been violated with all the shenanigans making rounds on social media. Get you a lawyer to hold all accountable for this smear.
“It is morally reprehensible to subject anyone to such cruelty.
“Health Information is confidential and protected by law. If you are a blog that has posted these fallacies about this young woman, I hope you know you are on notice.
“It is sickening that our people are cold and cruel.
“As a healthcare worker, you took an oath “ to not harm.”
“Whether this is true or not, I don’t know, and I am not interested.
“I know that whoever did this has committed a federal and state crime.
“PS: Dear public figures in Nigeria, this should serve as a wake-up call for you all. Before you enter any hospital or do anything with anyone nowadays, please sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“Our society has become so vile and cynical. People now enjoy the pain they put people through. The need to glee at the expense of others fuels certain segments of Nigerian society. It is unfortunate.
“Protect yourself and your family. You deserve a right to privacy.”