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Danny's Diary: Nurses Deserve More Than Just Our Respect by katty : November 01, 2018, 02:04:31 PM
I started to feel unwell on Friday. I spent the entire Saturday in bed. By Sunday I knew I had to see a doctor. A friend of mine, Andrea, and her husband drove me to Groote Schuur Hospital.
The place was filled with people. The ER was hot and busy. Getting my file was a breeze.

It turns out my blood pressure was incredibly low.

They did an EPG and I had to wait for the doctor to see me. I became annoyed at how some patients treated the nurses.

I later discovered she was pulling a double shift. Honestly, I am not sure whether or not I would be able to handle such a bunch of ungrateful people. And let’s be honest here: Do they really receive a wage they deserve?

Up early, working double shifts, getting home after dark compromised family life. These nurses are a godsend. A little bit of understanding and support could put a smile on their faces. They should never become victims of our emotions or an outlet for our frustrations.

Speaking of health, the South African Drug Policy week was held in Woodstock recently. Policy-makers from around the world gathered here to discuss critical issues such as harm reduction, human rights and the ongoing war on drugs.

As we know the global drug market is larger and more robust than ever, despite the millions of dollars ploughed into supply reduction and harsh law enforcement. In parallel, the harms of repressive approaches have reached epic proportions.

Under the Reagan administration, the US escalated its global military and police efforts in the war against drugs. But in doing so, violence caused collateral damage, and resulted in mass incarceration in the US.

The carnage that the “war on drugs” caused over the past decade is demonstrated by these harrowing figures: At least 3940 people executed for a drug offence with 33 jurisdictions retaining the death penalty for drug offences in violation of international standards. A report also outlines new indicators for assessing drug policy progress and impacts, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the protection of human rights.

The UN drug policy recognises the failure and harms of prohibition, and some jurisdictions have moved to legally regulate cannabis for adult recreational use. Yet at the same time, destructive approaches like those taken by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines have led to some 27000 alleged extra-judicial killings in just two years.

The difference is that while Canada’s policy does go beyond the limits of the UN drug control treaties, it does not violate basic human rights, while repressive approaches - ranging from the denial of harm reduction services and the use of forced rehabilitation, forced eradication of crops, the death penalty and unlawful killings - are serious violations of international human rights law.

* Danny Oosthuizen is the #TheDignityProject ambassador. In his weekly daily column for the Cape Argus, he tackles the struggles homeless people face. Connect with Danny on Facebook and on Twitter @masekind3213

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