Unless the government policies provide relief to the vast population who now have no surety of livelihood, this pandemic might have far greater consequences than just being a public health crisis. The steps to counter this pandemic have to be more emphatically and sensitively directed towards the most downtrodden who stand to face the greatest threats on all fronts.
The humanitarian distress caused by the lockdown and other measures imposed in the hope of containing disease spread may well lead to more lives lost than the disease itself unless there is immediate action taken by the government.
The peoples movements therefore call for the following minimum set of measures.
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We are outraged at these responses of Haryana to the MHA notification, reinforcing the movement of the migrants as a violation of lockdown, imposing penal orders to criminalise the migrants. Further, the mass spraying of disinfectant on migrants returning home is not only a cruel act of violation of their dignity, it can have serious repercussions for their health.
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We call upon the Government of India and the State governments to ensure that the following are ensured during the period of lockdown for all its citizens, with a special focus on those who are vulnerable.
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Advisory 1: For workers who cannot avoid going out during the pandemic
Advisory 2 – Keeping your hands Coronavirus free
Advisory 3 – Protecting yourself in crowded places
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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and All India Peoples Science Network express their deep concern over the poorly implemented lockdown, especially the closing of regular clinical services in public hospitals.
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We, public health practitioners, medical professionals write to you with regard to the plight of the people in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in the current context of COVID-19. We urge you to urgently consider restoration of 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh with immediate effect.
According to reports, health professionals are unable to or delayed in accessing the important guidelines and updates on not just the prevalence of COVID-19, but also on the latest guidelines and breakthroughs issued by the Government of India, the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding testing and treatment for people suspected of being exposed to the virus or who are infected with the virus. The very slow internet speed due to 2G services veritably makes access to data, which is extremely urgent in such a situation, nearly impossible.
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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan- All India Drug Action Network- All India Peoples Science Network have drafted this letter to the Prime Minister addressing issues of scaling up access to free testing and treatment on COVID19. The focus of the letter is on scaling up the capacity within the nation to make the necessary kits available. Also, It demands the need to put in place a policy of free testing and treatment.
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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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