ASSA speaks out on xenophobia.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Services)
Workplace violence (Prevention)
Medical personnel (Services)
Pub Date: 05/01/2008
Publication: Name: South African Journal of Surgery Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0038-2361
Issue: Date: May, 2008 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns; 8010000 Medical Personnel NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 62 Health Care and Social Assistance SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 204550591
Full Text: The ASSA has spoken out on recent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa, saying that it joins the majority of reasonable South Africans to condemn these in the strongest possible terms. The attacks cannot be viewed as anything less than racist, immoral and brutal criminal acts against fellow Africans.

Foreign nationals contribute significantly to the health care provision in South Africa, both in the public and private sectors. Many of these people provide the only care in some rural clinics and hospitals where such posts would otherwise be vacant, and where South Africans are reluctant to work. Such criminal acts alienate these colleagues and threaten their wellbeing.

The ASSA calls on the medical fraternity to condemn these acts and asks the authorities to take stern and decisive action against the perpetrators.

The ASSA also notes that as a founder member and active participant of the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS), the recent events involving xenophobia have caused the Association serious embarrassment, and it unreservedly apologises to the PAAS and its members across the African continent for the actions of a few South Africans who threaten all the progress that has been made by the ASSA to integrate and contribute to the African surgical community.

The Association also commits itself to engage with fellow South Africans to support the victims of the recent atrocities and, where possible, prevent this from happening again.
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