Monday, March 21, 2011

In solidarity with doctors around the world

As I write this column, doctors in a number of countries in the Middle East are being attacked, arrested, and otherwise prevented from saving the lives of people injured while demonstrating for the right to have a say in their government. In some countries, far worse is being done.

As a naturopathic physician, I cannot stress enough that I find this unacceptable. Amidst the debate over the No Fly Zone in Libya, and calls for more strident action in other countries, not nearly enough is being done to ensure the protection of doctors, nor enough to guarantee access to medical care. This is something that we can all agree on – humanitarian aid to those in need. I urge you all to contact your representatives in government to make your opinion known. People across the Middle East don’t have governments that respond to the will or desires of the people. We that have that luxury should use it to help those in need.