Put the public interest first; yes to a robust, responsive, and publicly-owned health care system

April 15, 2020

2020415

 

Joint Statement

聯合聲明

 

Reference:

Eman Villanueva

ILPS HK&M Coordinator

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聯絡人:

Eman Villanueva

人民鬥爭國際聯盟-香港及澳門分部聯絡人

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Put the public interest first; yes to a robust, responsive, and publicly-owned health care system

公眾利益優先,要有堅決有力、洽當回應、及公共所有的健康維護系統

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging across the globe, with thousands of dead and more infected. The current health care system of countries cannot cope with the needs of the people who are sick from COVID-19 and other illness.

2019冠狀病毒正全球肆虐,已有數萬人死亡及更多的感染數字。現在各國的醫療系統不足以應付因2019冠狀病毒及其他病患而患病的人的需要。

 

The many decades of various governments prioritizing profit over public health, through comprehensive privatisation of hospitals and the overall health system, has placed us in this dire predicament. Doctors, nurses and other front liners do not have proper protective equipment, making them vulnerable to contracting the disease they are feverishly fighting. The marginalised and poor people who do not have medical insurance are driven out of hospitals and left to fend for themselves.

數十年來,不同政府因看重利潤多於公共健康,透過廣泛的醫院及保健系統私營化計劃,而把我們置於這嚴峻的困局之中。醫生,護士及其他前線工作者並無獲發適當的防護物資,令他們易於受他們正奮力對抗的病毒所感染。沒有醫療保險的被邊緣化及貧困的人們又未能進院治療而自生自滅。

 

Meanwhile, despite the urgency of the situation, US President Donald Trump tried to acquire a possible vaccine and make it only available for the United States, possibly depriving billions of other people of the vaccine.

與此同時,即使情勢嚴峻,美國總統特朗普又嘗試去取得一個可能可防護病毒的疫苖,及令它只供應美國,可能令數億計的其他人未能獲得疫苖的保護。

 

The policies of lockdowns and social distancing has placed many working people into dire poverty. With most of them getting daily wages, without a source of income to purchase the basic necessities like food and water, the workers and their families are going to die of hunger before getting sick from COVID-19.

各地的封城及社交疏離措施已把許多勞動人民置於嚴峻的貧困處境。他們大部份都是日薪工人,沒有了收入,就買不到基本生活所需,如食物各食水,那些工人及其家庭將會在因2019冠狀病毒而患病之前就已死於饑餓。

 

On this day, 15th of April 2020, we enjoin the rest of the world in pushing for 5 demands:

在今天,2020415日,我們囑咐全世界的其仔人和我們一起推動五大訴求:

1. Social protection and guaranteed incomes and livelihood even under quarantine

2. Make the health care system public, not privatised; fund the needs of the hospitals and health workers

3. Mass testing and treatment for all in the face of COVID-19

4. Bailout the people, not the big corporations

5. Respect for democratic and human rights

【一】在社會隨離下,推行社會保障及保證收人及生計

【二】健康維護系統歸於公有,不要私營牟利、提供資金供應醫院及醫護人士所需

【三】在2019冠狀病毒疫情下,進行群眾檢測及為人民提供照護

【四】為人民買單,不是為大企業買單

【五】尊重民主及人權

 

Signed:

1. Abra Migrant Workers Welfare Association (AMWWA)

2. Abra Tinguian Ilocano Society (ATIS-HK)

3. Agoo Migrants Workers Assn

4. Annak ti Naguilian La Union HK

5. Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM)

6. Association for the Advancement of Feminism Migrant Domestic Worker Subcommittee

7. Association of Concerned Filipinos (ACFIL)

8. Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (ATKI-HK)

9. Bacnotan La Union HK Association

10. Baggak Global Organization HK

11. Balungao Overseas Workers Association (BOWA HK)

12. Bangar Association of HK

13. BAYAN Hong Kong and Macau

14. BKB – Bina Karya Bersama

15. BTM&B – Beringin Tetap Maidenlike Dan Benevolent

16. Cordillera Alliance

17. Cordillera Womens Club

18. Cuyapo OFW Association Hong Kong

19. DUnified Sulong Bauangenians HK

20. Federation of Luzon Active Groups (FLAG)

21. Filguys Association Gabriela Hong Kong

22. Filipino Friends

23. Filipino Lesbian Organization (FILO)

24. Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers Union (FMDWU)

25. Filipino Migrant WorkersUnion (FMWU-HKCTU)

26. Filipino Migrants Association (FMA)

27. Filipino Women Migrant Association (FILWOM)

28. Friends of Bethune House

29. Gabriela Hong Kong

30. Gabriela Women Organization Hong Kong bank Chapter

31. Global Alliance

32. Global Naguilianders Alliance Network

33. Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union (IMWU)

34. Indonesian Migrants Muslim Alliance (GAMMI)

35. International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS HK&Macau)

36. Kabisig Society

37. La Union Fed HK

38. League of Indonesian Migrant Workers (LIPMI)

39. League of Social Democrats

40. Likha Filipino Migrants Cultural Organization

41. Luna Namacpacan Association HK

42. Luzviminda Migrante

43. Migrante Pier

44. Migrante Shatin

45. Migrante Tamar

46. Migrante Tsing Yi

47. Migrante Tsuen Wan

48. Migrante Tuen Mun

49. Migrante Yuen Long

50. Migranteng Artista ng Bayan (MAB HK)

51. Migrants Solidarity Committee of Autonomous 8a

52. Mission Movers

53. Mountain Province Federation

54. Organic Environmental Organization

55. Overseas Nepali Workers’ Association (ONWA)

56. Pangasinan Overseas Welfare Empowerment R

57. Philippine Independent Church- Choir

58. Pinatud A Saling Ti Umili

59. Promotion of Church PeoplesResponse (PCPR-HK)

60. Pugonians Assn HK

61. Reel Women Hong Kong

62. Samahang Migrante

63. Santol Association and Social Services

64. Sta Maria Migrants Association

65. Thai Regional Alliance (TRA-HK)

66. The Luzon Alliance International

67. The United City of San Fernando Organization

68. Timpuyog ti Bauangenians Society HK

69. United Filipino Dreamer Cultural Organizations.

70. United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-Migrante HK)

71. United Indonesians Against Overcharging (PILAR)

72. United Migrants Entrepreneurship Livelihood Association (UMELA)

73. United Pangasinan Hong Kong (UPHK)

74. WIC – Wanodya Indonesia Club

75. Women Dance Club

76. Women Of Philippines Independent Church (WOPIC- Antique)

77. Women Workers Association (WWA)

78. Womens Festival Hong Kong

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