LERWICK – Local doctors are confident there will be no epidemic of scurvy in Shetland as the isles prepare to accept fresh fruit and vegetables for the first time in days.
Shelves in Lerwick supermarkets have been bare after NorthLink’s ferries were ruled out of action due to holidays and windy weather.
However, the north boat is due to dock in Lerwick today, leading some local GPs to dismiss speculation that the isles was set to be ravaged by scurvy – a disease caused by the lack of vitamin C.
North isles doctor Jimmy Smith went one further by giving locals advice on how to accept vitamins into their system once again.
“Don’t do it all at once,” the GP said. “After such a long period without fruit and vegetables, Shetlanders need to take it one step at a time.
“All the Tennent’s lager and cheap Prosecco currently lingering in the bloodstream of 97.5% of Shetland’s population after the festive period will also inhibit the acceptance of vitamins.”