Petition to Mamata Banerjee
Scrap Ganga Sagar Mela, Prepare for Third Wave
The number of Covid patients has been steadily increasing for the last few days. The number of infected people in the state has increased tenfold in the last five days, according to official figures. No doubt several times more is the number of untested infected people. The situation is likely to get worse in the next few days, with many people at risk of being infected at the same time. If even a small percentage of them are hospitalized and need treatment, it will go beyond the overall capacity of hospitals of our state. Right now, many doctors and medical staff are affected. As a result, the epidemic is likely to be more difficult to deal with this time. The administrative activities of the last few weeks are largely responsible for creating this situation. Ignoring all the warnings and warnings of the doctors, the public meeting and procession were held in violation of all the restrictions on the campaign of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. All the political parties have participated in it with great enthusiasm. The administration did not even think of taking any action but helped to encourage it. After that, with the encouragement and persuasion of the government itself, the common people have been involved in celebrating the Christmas and the New Year without any restraint. The number of hospitalized Covid patients is increasing now and will increase in the near future. We, the doctors, could not forget the horrible situation of May last year, we could not forget the days of people crying for oxygen bed and the series death processions. In this situation, if the Ganga Sagar Mela is held from January 10, 2022, it will be a terrible situation, which can be understood with a little intelligence and humane feeling without the help of any expert or statistician. On behalf of the Joint Platform of Doctors, West Bengal, a joint platform of medical organizations of West Bengal, we demand the Government of West Bengal to take immediate action to stop the Ganga Sagar fair and issue necessary orders. It should not be forgotten that people from different parts of India gather at this fair. Everyone knows from past experience what has spread from such fairs. If the state government sponsors this fair, then the responsibility of spreading the infection all over the country will fall on that government alone. We hope the government, realizing the importance of our concerns, will take immediate action to stop this fair. Besides, the Joint Platform of Doctors is demanding from the government - 1. Increase the number of covid tests to find infected people, 2. The private hospitals which were acquired as Covid Hospitals during the second wave should be re-acquired. All the closed wards of government hospitals should be reopened. Joint Platform of Doctors, West Bengal (Association of Health Service Doctors, West Bengal Doctors Forum, Health Service Association, Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog, Doctors For Democracy)
Petition to University of Lucknow, Government of Uttar Pradesh
University of Lucknow is conducting exams amidst the pandemic
Amidst the rising cases of COVID-19 across the country the University of Lucknow has decided to conduct end semester examinations in the campus. With over 1.5 lakh people contracting the virus everyday, this is a very dangerous decision by the administration. Making students appear for exams in these circumstances is a violation of our human rights. Several students of the university have already been affected. This is not the first time someone is raising their voice against the administration's decision, students of various universities (AKTU, BBDU, etc) have already been protesting for past few days. University of Lucknow has turned deaf towards the demand of students, and has decided to conduct mass carnage.
Petition to lucknow university, Lucknow government, Lucknow High Court, Smt. Anandiben Patel, PROF. ALOK KUMAR RAI
Postpone Lucknow University exams
Lucknow University 3rd and 5th semester exams are going to start from 6th January, 2022. But the problem arises here is the increment in COVID-19 cases, outburst of Omicron coronavirus, upcoming elections and so on. This might lead to an increase in the coronavirus cases on a very large scale. Also simultaneously conducting college exams can be hazardous and will lead to the third wave of this life threatening virus. Moreover in the second wave of coronavirus people have lost their loved ones and have suffered a lot. Adding on to this, people have suffered from this deadly disease themselves too and are experiencing after affects till now. For the students it's not possible or not safe to appear for the exams as there will be a large crowd inside and outside the college/ University campuses. Hence, after all the safety and preventive measures it can't be avoided. Further more, Lucknow University has lost their valuable faculty members earlier this year in the second wave of COVID-19, therefore, it is favourable for both the university and it's students if the exams are postponed. To be safe should our first priority and to wish for the well being of everyone around us should be our motto. Hence, we request for the postponement of the exams.
Petition to Honourable Minister for Health, Government of India, President of Dental Council of India
No more new Dental Colleges
SAVE DENTISTRY! Tamilnadu Government has given essentiality Certificate for two new private dental colleges. We request the Dental Council of India and the Ministry of Health, Government of India, to prevent any new dental colleges anywhere in India because thousands of fresh graduates are jobless and the WHO ratio of dentist to population ratio of 1:7500 has been exceeded many years ago. The present ratio in TN is approx 1:3000 and it is the same in most states in India. Please institute a moratorium on new dental colleges anywhere in India.
Petition to Amit Shah, Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Set up makeshift crematoriums and designate more burial grounds for COVID victims’ dignity
Italian | French| Hindi With this second wave, the spectre of COVID has become even more frightening for all of us. In this second wave, the catastrophic spike in cases is coupled with a high death toll. Crematoriums and burial grounds are struggling to keep up, as casualties pile up.Gentlemen, What will it take for you to finally wake up? Why are crematoriums, morgues not considered as a priority in your infrastructure and health plans? How many more pandemics do you need to understand the reality and act? Last year “Times Now” kept flashing those gory visuals for days and nights. I was interviewed live on a primetime news discussion to share that the situation of non-functional Morgue and crematoriums in Mumbai was pathetic even before Covid 19 attacked us. That it was a nightmare with COVID deaths was therefore no surprise.Yet! Neither did the Chief Minister of Maharashtra pay attention nor did you at the Centre. The tender for the reconstruction of a new morgue at St Georges Hospital is yet to be floated. It's only been FOUR years!!!! As a 65-year-old responsible citizen who has been campaigning for dignity for the dead, I have been running from pillar to post trying to get the Maharashtra government to wake up .I have been fighting for a functional crematorium and morgue in Mumbai so that every citizen who ends up there can have a semblance of dignity in death. Sirs, the crisis today is much bigger than one city. It is all over India. With these COVID deaths, there are 3 issues: dignity for the dead, safety of the living, and a colossal logistics issue. We are seeing a shortage of crematoriums and burial grounds. As a result the dead, both COVID and non-COVID victims, and their loved ones have to wait long hours for the last rites. The overcrowding and long wait could turn these very locations into virus hotspots. There is also the question of the safety of crematorium and burial ground workers. Times Now reported that many of these men don’t even have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear on. They are getting exposed to COVID with every victim they come in close contact with Sign my petition urging the Government of India to direct all states to set up makeshift electric crematoriums and designate more areas for burials on a priority basis. Nobody knows what lies ahead for any of us. One of the few things we can control is the way we give those who COVID snatches away a dignified funeral. Few people these days speak up for the dignity of the living. Fewer people speak up for the dignity of the dead. Please lend your voice to this cause by signing my petition. When thousands of people do so, we will be making it our collective petition. We will have a greater chance of being heard by the authorities.#DignityInDeathPart3
Petition to Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Arun Gupta, Smriti Irani, Supriya Sule, Smt. I. A. Kundan, Secretary Health GOI, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, GOI, Sh. Vikas Sheel, JV , Sri Amir Subhani, I.A.S., Sri Pratyaya Amrit, I.A.S., Sri Sanjay Kumar Singh, IAS, Director, , Apollocradle & Children's Hospital, S. L. Raheja Hospital, Mahim, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi – A Fortis network Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, Manipal Hospitals, Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, MaxCure Suyosha Woman and Child Hospital, Hyderabad, Medicover hospitals, Motherhood ivf hospitals, BLK Superspeciality Hospital, Moolchand Medcity, Uttar Pradesh, Artemis Hospital, Cloudnine hospitals, Wellspring IVF & Women's Hospital, Bansal Health Square And IVF Center, Rosewalk Hospital, Ovum hospital, Chaitanya Hospital, Chaitanya Public Hospital zirakpur, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Navin Hospitals, Motherland Hospital, Phoenix Hospital, Kangaroo Care, CKB Hospital, Jain Surgical Hospital, Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM),, Mission Director, NHM, Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Sri Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Sri Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Shri. T.S. Singh Deo, Shri Bhupesh Baghel, Shri Mangal Pandey, Shri Rushikesh Ganeshbhai Patel, Dr. K. Sudhakar
Stop feeding formula milk to newborns without the parent's consent #MyBabyMyDecision
During the nine months of my pregnancy, all I was waiting for the day that I could hold my baby in my arms. There is no better feeling in the world for a mother than the first time you feed your baby. All I wished for was to have a healthy baby whom I could hold in my arms and feed. But my wish was not respected by the hospital where I delivered my baby. When my baby was born, he was kept in the NICU for observing his sugar levels. During the time he spent in the NICU, he was fed formula milk. I was not informed of this and my consent was not taken by the hospital. If I knew that my baby was being given formula milk, I would have never allowed for that to happen. There was a milk bank in the hospital and my baby could have been fed human milk during the early stages of his life. I later realized that what happened to me is a very rampant practice across the country. Especially when a mother is recovering after a C-section, or when a baby is in the NICU, many hospitals just go ahead and feed the baby formula milk, without informing the mother. Our government has spent crores of rupees in advertising about the importance of breastfeeding. Many of you may have heard radio and TV ads about the thick yellow milk that a lactating mother produces is crucial for the baby’s long term health. But the hospitals, especially the private ones, make tonnes of money because they get discounted formula milk dabbas from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The moment the baby is born, they open a new dabba and start feeding the baby. That dabba is then given to the new mothers to take home with them and the cost is added to the bill. And all of this is done without the consent of the unsuspecting mother who is tired after delivering the baby.I know quite a few mothers who’ve had a tough time switching from formula to breast milk. That’s why I want the government to tell all the hospitals to get prior consent of the mother before feeding a newborn formula milk. The hospitals ask for the patient’s consent for every small thing. They make you sign so many documents before and after the delivery. And yet the doctors chose to give my baby formula over human milk. Without my consent! Why? Luckily, my baby was in the NICU only for a day. Had he been there for a longer time, I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been for me to wean him off formula. Join me and sign this petition to make it mandatory for doctors to educate new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk and ask for their consent if at all, formula needs to be given to their baby. Breast is not just the best, but also the biological norm! #MyBabyMyDecision
Petition to National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), smoke house deli, Madeira & Mime
Build Gender Neutral Washrooms. A Community Effort To Create A More Inclusive Society
Public washrooms, the basic amenities for every human being are majorly divided into men’s and women’s; a segregation that a majority of the population is comfortable with. However, for a member of the LGBTQIA+ community with different gender identities, each visit to the public washroom is a reminder that their gender “doesn’t fit” in the society and triggers gender dysphoria- a feeling of unease and distress caused by the mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. The idea of going to the toilet when you want to and exiting with a feeling of relief is a given for cis-gendered people. But meeting this basic human need is completely different for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Paras, a transgender man, whose story is just one of the narratives from the ever-growing transgender community of 4.88 lakhs in India, stresses the importance of gender-neutral washrooms. When they left an abusive home at a young age, public washrooms were their refuge for personal hygiene. But these washrooms which are separated as men’s and women’s were a constant reminder of how there’s still not a space for people with different gender identities. In their travels, Paras had to justify their entry to a women’s toilet at an airport by showing their Aadhar card. In another instance, when they felt comfortable in a men’s washroom, the inadequate infrastructure made it difficult and uncomfortable for them to menstruate. While the idea of transgenders who menstruate is alien in our society, what adds to the community’s struggles is a lack of acceptance in public washrooms and a lack of proper infrastructure. Generally, the men’s washroom is dominated by urinals and the few stalls that exist, lack of toilet paper or dustbins to discard period products which makes it impossible for the trans community to menstruate privately and with dignity. We (on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community) aren't asking for a washroom for the “third'' gender but a third, gender-neutral washroom that is all-inclusive. We at Lemme Be believe that while gender-neutral washrooms should be added in all public spaces, for now change can start small and create a louder impact. We urge restaurant and hospitality chains like The Lalit, Madeira & Mime, Smoke House Deli, Socials and The National Restaurant Association of India who already welcome the LGBTQIA+ community to now offer a third, gender-neutral washroom in their premises and create a safe haven for them to access personal hygiene with privacy, safety and dignity. Sign the petition initiated by Lemme Be, a young menstruator's period care brand which urges public institutions to build gender-neutral washrooms in public spaces. It’s time we create an inclusive space where each member of the community can say #LemmeRiseWithPride. Sign the petition now!
Petition to Monika Shergill, Disney Hotstar, Anurag Thakur
OTT Platforms: Display Kiran Mental Health Helpline Number as a Disclaimer
Trigger Warning: This petition has content that refers to death by suicide 24 December, 2014: The day I lost two souls. What started off as a normal day turned into the most horrific day of my life. I lived next door to my mother, and as per routine, was getting ready to go to the gym with her. Upon ringing her doorbell, she didn’t seem like her chirpy, active self. Something felt off, and she looked groggy. I asked her to get ready, gave her some lime juice, and went to get ready myself. I returned 20 mins later to pick her up. I rang the bell several times. By now, my worst fears were looming over me - something did not feel right. I managed to break the door open. The dogs were no longer barking and could not be seen. I ran inside, only to find my mother had hung herself and died by suicide. I was 23-years-old, and my life changed forever that day. My mother was my best friend, and I could not imagine a world without her in it. I felt my soul also die that day. My mother’s diary revealed that she had been sad for a long time. If only she had told any of us. Lost, and feeling hopeless, I too tried to take my own life. I tried to seek help - calling local helplines, but no one picked up. My husband found me, and helped me, and today, with all the help I have gotten, I am doing fine. There must be so many people out there who are trying to get help, but are not able to because no one is answering the helpline. And I want to change that. No one should lose their mother because they could not get help. And the first step towards changing this is making sure everyone know about Kiran - the national suicide prevention helpline. OTT platforms are a welcome addition to the lives of millions of viewers around the world. Based on a study, India will have over 500 million OTT subscribers by 2023, with content that primarily caters to the 15-35 years age group. I want the 24x7 free tele counselling mental health helpline to be displayed across all Indian OTT platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5). Adding this number as a disclaimer during relevant scenes, and before a show starts, will make viewers aware of whom to reach out to when they need help. Sign my petition.(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. Help is a call away)HELPLINES1. Vandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or email@example.comTimings: 24x7 Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English2. TISS iCall022-25521111 Timings: Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm3. Fortis MentalHealthContact: 8376804102 Timings: 24x7; All days Languages: Achiku, Assamese, Bengali, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu