聲明:支持香港執業藥劑師協會就去信行政長官及警務處處長有關警方使用催淚彈及胡椒噴霧之建議 / Statement of Support towards the Practising Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong for Suggesting More Rational and Cautious Use of Tear Gas and Pepper Spray

香港執業藥劑師協會(PPAHK)於二零一九年七月三日下午舉行新聞發布會,表示去信行政長官林鄭月娥及警務處處長盧偉聰,呼籲警方不要隨意採用催淚彈及胡椒噴霧,避免無辜市民受害。香港執業藥劑師協會主席鄭綺雯指出,該會近期接獲超過50宗主要來自中年人士及長期病患的查詢或投訴,有指相關人士並沒參與示威,在上班或逛街途中受到催淚彈及胡椒噴霧波及,感到不適。雖然警方聲稱催淚彈或胡椒噴霧對健康人士之效果僅為暫時性;但鄭主席強調,並沒有科學研究反映上述化學物質對長者、兒童、孕婦、及呼吸疾病患者之影響屬輕屬重,尤其對化學物質過敏之人士,嚴重者可致昏迷、窒息,甚至死亡。

 

故此,香港執業藥劑師協會呼籲:警方必須在合理及迫切之情境下,才能使用催淚彈或煙霧彈,以減低對民眾和示威者之健康威脅。本會亦十分贊同,警方應「先行疏散現場及附近群眾」,並嚴謹遵循警方守則及迫切性,充分考慮現場環境及附近人士之安全。倘若警方減少使用催淚彈和煙霧彈驅散示威者,示威者使用化學武器還擊的情況亦相信會因而減少。

 

作為未來的醫護人員,我們絕不希望任何無辜市民因為警方或示威者使用化學物品而受傷。我們認為使用化學物品驅趕示威者時必須和示威者保持安全的距離,避免接觸到眼睛、口等高危的身體部位以及顧及附近群眾的安全。我們希望只有在用作停止衝突,並且不會傷害到市民的情況下,才可使用催淚彈及煙霧彈等化學物品。

 

本會謹代表香港大學藥理及藥劑學系學生,支持香港執業藥劑師協會(PPAHK)之倡議,呼籲警方謹慎使用催淚彈及胡椒噴霧,亦不希望示威人士以化學物品反擊。

 

香港大學學生會醫學會藥劑學會

二零一九年七月四日

 

The press conference held by the Practising Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong (PPAHK) on the afternoon of 3 July 2019 stated the organisation’s intention of writing to Chief Executive Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo. The president of the organisation, Iris Chang, claimed to have received more than 50 complaints from bystanders who have been affected to varying degrees by the use of tear gas and pepper spray. It has been noted that the use of these chemical agents may cause temporary strain on normal activities for healthy people, and may cause adverse effects on those who are allergic to such substances, causing temporary unconsciousness, difficulty in breathing or death.

 

In light of this, PPAHK has advised more cautious and rational use of tear gas and pepper spray, and should the police force deem it rational and necessary to use them, the evacuation of shops and citizens nearby before the use of these chemical agents to prevent further harm done on bystanders in similar events thereafter. It is believed that the cautious use of tear gas and pepper spray will also minimise the use of similar chemical substances as retaliation by the protestors.

 

We, as future healthcare professionals, do not hope to see any citizen injured due to any irrational use of chemical agents, including but not limited to the use of chemicals without the suggested safe distance, the use of chemicals on body parts that may cause casualties, and the use of chemicals such that bystanders may be affected. Should any chemical agents be used, we hope that such measures are the necessary ways to solve the intended conflict, and that no abuse of chemical substances will be afflicted upon citizens.

 

We, as pharmacy students from the University of Hong Kong, hereby show our support towards the suggestion made by PPAHK. The widespread and irrational use of any chemical agents, either by the police force or the protestors, should not be encouraged due to the harmful nature of these substances.

 

Pharmacy Society, Medical Society, HKUSU


4/7/2019

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