Doctors for Social Responsibility: Fight against Nuclear Weapons

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The terrible aftermath of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago has not been forgotten even today. These bombings devastated these cities and killed several thousands of people and the horrifying after effects in the form of cancers, radiation injuries and suffering are still being studied today. After the bombings, the land became absolutely ravaged and there wasn’t anything left that could be used for sustenance further.

These bombings and the tremendous destruction that they left behind have changed the perception about nuclear bombs.

Lamenting the circumstances, way back then, doctors had warned the world against the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. And since then, doctors from across the world have stood steadfast and united against all kinds of nuclear tests and other such activities.

The recent WMA Declarations of Geneva, Helsinki and Tokyo have shed light on how doctors from all across the globe have stood up for humanity and social responsibility. As the nations are proceeding towards development, doctors are being encouraged to act on their responsibilities beyond curing their patients. Given the importance and status that doctors are accorded in our society, they are being called to serve the world for the cause of humanity. The WMA recognizes its duty towards working for elimination of nuclear weapons.

The WMA took the declaration forward by:

  • Agreeing that the world together should condemn the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, threat and use of nuclear weapons
  • Requesting all the respective governments to refrain from the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, threat and use of nuclear weapons and to work in good faith towards the elimination of nuclear weapons;
  • Advising all governments that even a limited nuclear war would bring about immense human suffering and substantial death toll together with catastrophic effects on the earth’s ecosystem, which could subsequently decrease the worlds food supply and would put a significant portion of the world’s population at risk of famine
  • Requesting that all National Medical Associations join the WMA in supporting this Declaration, use available educational resources to educate the general public and to urge their respective governments to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons
  • Inviting all National Medical Associations to join the WMA in supporting this Declaration and to urge their respective governments to work to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons
The world needs a strong support system of doctors to ensure the universal slogan of peace across the globe.
Nuclear weapons are highly destructive in nature and pose an existential threat to humanity. If used, they can kill several millions of people and destroy the ability of the planet to sustain life.
It’s time we react before all is gone!