Friday, 14 May 2021

Another big win for 'public health'

What a year it's been for the heroes of the 'public health' movement. While medics have been working tirelessly to save lives and scientists have created a series of effective vaccines, the over-funded troughers of the 'public health' racket have been busy complaining about tobacco companies donating ventilators to hospitals and alcohol companies producing hand sanitiser.

Last September, Britain's multi-million pound SPECTRUM consortium produced an unintentionally hilarious report whining about food and drink companies donating baby milk, face masks, water and hospital equipment to the needy.

... you could not ask for a more perfect illustration of the moral rot at the heart of the modern 'public health' movement... 
SPECTRUM would rather COVID-19 victims went without ventilators than have them supplied by businesses of whom they disapprove. When dogma conflicts with saving lives, the 'public health' racket is always happy to side with the virus.

These people see themselves as being in a branch of medicine but they know nothing about medical ethics, such as the old 'first do no harm' thing. 

Want to see some more moral rot? Then take a look at this lot in Nepal.
Nepal charity rejects $400,000 tobacco industry ‘donation’ after pressure from tobacco control advocates
The Union congratulates the Kathmandu Institute of Child Health (KIOCH) for rejecting a ‘donation’ of US$400,000 and declining a partnership offer from Surya Nepal Private Limited, the country’s largest tobacco company.

The donation was offered for a new children’s hospital, but tobacco control advocates moved quickly...

I should hope so. There's no time to lose when someone is trying to build a children's hospital!

... preventing the company’s duplicitous attempt to improve its public image while simultaneously marketing its deadly products.

So brave.
Dr Koirala, who is also the President of Nepal Medical Council, cancelled the partnership and rejected the donation on 23 April, within eight hours of mounting protests and media exposure

“This is  yet another victory against the tobacco industry and its nefarious attempts to clean up its image through so-called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities,” said Dr Tara Singh Bam, Director of The Union Asia Pacific Office. “The message is loud and clear: tobacco industry tactics to undermine public health will not be tolerated.”

Not all heroes wear capes.
In case this requires any more context, Nepal's per capita GDP is barely $1,000 a year. Five million of its children are malnourished. According to the WHO, the main causes of morbidity are diarhorreal disease, dysentery, cholera and typhoid. 
Turning away a donation to build a children's hospital achieves nothing. It is morally indistinguishable from burning down a children's hospital. But it gives the fanatics of 'public health' a warm feeling of self-righteousness and if the price of that is a few children dying, so be it.
It is not about health.   

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