Weekly Update on COVID-19 24th March 2020 : The Situation and the Peoples Health Movement response
Issued by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN)
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We are extremely concerned that measures that violate individuals’ rights during such processes of isolation and quarantine will be counterproductive and will not elicit long term support. Individuals who quarantine themselves are doing it not just for self protection, but also for a larger public cause. They must therefore be provided support in all forms when they are doing such public service.
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We, the members of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, are extremely concerned with the breach of privacy and confidentiality of persons suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19. We are aware that this is a public health crisis and measures need to be taken by the State to address its containment and management.
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Open letter to the Prime Minister demanding for urgent steps for mitigation of impact of Covid-19 on the poor and vulnerable in relation to food and social security has been coordinated by the Right to Food Campaign.
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From 30 January 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported, till today, March 15, 2020, the number of confirmed cases in India has risen to 107, and there have been two deaths. The government of India has reacted swiftly to this epidemic by curtailing international travel, screening those coming in from abroad and their contacts and either isolating them if they have tested positive or placing them in quarantine if they are asymptomatic. This has no doubt helped delay the epidemic. But as the government knows, the worst is yet to come.
While immediate executive action in the form of isolation of patients and quarantines, and a high pressure campaign for social distance is most welcome, this would not be sufficient if community transmission is established and the pandemic peaks. The country is particularly vulnerable because of a high degree of past neglect of public health services, and the privatization of healthcare.
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A report by volunteers involved in facilitating access to healthcare for victims of violence between 25 February to 1st March 2020. To read the full report- CLICK HERE
LET US HEAL OUR DILLI is an Eyewitness Report from North East Delhi following the recent communal riots in North East New Delhi. The report was written by Farah Naqvi, Sarojini N, Navsharan Singh, Naveen Chander on their visit to Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, Chaman Park, Shiv Vihar,Main Mustafabad (including Bhagirathi Vihar, Brijpuri) on February 27, 2020.
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We, the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Medico Friend Circle (MFC) are deeply troubled by the violence that is being reported from parts of Delhi. In such a situation, access to health care, including emergency medical treatment to treat injuries and to save human lives is critical. We demand that all State agencies, especially the police ensure that medical personnel are not prevented but protected in fulfilling their duties in providing health care and saving lives. The police must not be allowed to stop patients and ambulances carrying them, doctors and drugs and medical supplies to any health facility. Delays in this regard are absolutely unacceptable, are a violation of the fundamental rights of all people and can have serious consequences.
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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) is deeply concerned with the announcement of the proposed US-India Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights (MoU on IP). Read full statement CLICK HERE
For the Delhi 2020 Assembly elections, held on February 08, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Delhi) had prepared the People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi. In this manifesto, JSA (Delhi) demands that the Right to Health and Health Care for all people of Delhi should be the overarching principle of health policy discourse in the state.
The Manifesto includes a wide range of proposals related to strengthening people’s right to health and health care, covering various aspects of the health system and diverse sections of the population having special health needs.
for the People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi 2020 Assembly elections.