MEDIA RELEASE

Reference:
Dr. Joshua San Pedro
Nominee, AKSYON Health Workers Party-List
Contact thru Ms. Lovely Tangal
0949-7616208 / 0922-4336157

Health workers call for justice on murder of Negros doctor, push DOH to address scores of inaction on other cases

Health party-list AKSYON Health Workers is indignant over the killing of Dr. Avelex Amor, ranking medical officer of Canlaon District Hospital, in Guihulngan town, Negros Oriental last November 20, 2018. He is the seventh doctor gunned down in the past two years, the most deaths within the profession in recent memory.

“Today we rage once more. We clamor for an end to the killings and demand immediate justice. How many more public health servants do we have to lose until concrete steps are taken by the government and the DOH to ensure their safety?” said Dr. Joshua San Pedro, nominee of AKSYON.

Dr. San Pedro added that “We remember the deaths of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas of Lanao del Norte, Dr. Shahid Sinolinding of Cotabato City, Dr. George Repique of Cavite, and Dr. Vicente Soco of Dinagat Islands among many doctors and frontline health workers whose cases remain stagnant until today. How can the state provide quality health care for the people if its own personnel are endangered by these conditions?”

AKSYON believes that the Department of Health must spearhead a nationwide movement to attain justice for all health personnel who became or are victims of injustice especially in underserved areas. “Otherwise, the climate of fear and brazen human rights violations will further discourage current and prospective health personnel serving in rural areas that have little or no health services.”

“As we work together to end this climate of violence, we pledge our unwavering commitment to work for justice for all the murdered doctors and health personnel who are victims of human rights violations. We call on the DOH to provide sufficient protection for all health personnel, abrogate all laws and practices that discourage our health personnel in serving the underserved communities, and develop policies that will encourage health practitioners to serve rural areas through higher salaries and benefits, increase health budget, and protection for all health workers and professionals,” concluded Dr. San Pedro. ##