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COVID-19, How Ready Are We? by beyondbasicsng: 8:41pm On Mar 24, 2020
Does it have to take a pandemic sweeping across the world and not sparing the lives of the rich or poor to rethink sorting out the mess called the health system in our country?

The Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable development goals have been drawn out to specifically task leaders to combat poverty, disease, illiteracy etc. Health is an important aspect of this and unfortunately is not a priority of our leaders many of whom would rather spend money abroad than developing our health sector.

Hospitals are nothing to write home about, equipment are old or non existing and the worst part, drugs are hard to come by. With the number of those testing positive to the deadly Coronavirus outbreak on the rise, how ready are we to tackle this deadly virus?

Are we ready to deal with this task when we are unable to accurately note who has tested positive or when simple instructions such as to self isolate cannot be followed? Are we ready to have doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc be on the frontline helping to combat the spread? What about the vulnerable ones e.g. old people, people with underlying illnesses, etc is there a provision to help?

Have we got isolation centres ready? I refuse to compare us to other countries but we should be getting ready to deal with anything since the Ebola came knocking on our door steps!

Remember, people will die but should they die in an uncompleted building with no light, no food, nothing to even show that they are being thought of during this difficult time.

Should prices of goods be increased, internet services awful, electricity bad as usual etc? We had years to build the country but got awful leaders who only think about themselves. COVID-19 does not respect your position in the country, so please let us focus on making a better country where our kids would be proud of and when you leave as a leader, you know you have done your best to govern the country.

According to research, human capital development is the most useful building blocks for any developing/developed country. If this pandemic with no end in sight sweeps through our country killing old and young, how do we guarantee a better tomorrow?

One last thing, recession is looming and hopefully it won't be depression (1929 was awful, we don't want a repeat) so start thinking about policies that would help rebuild the nation instead of sink it even faster than the titanic!

Let us rethink

2020 has been an incredible year and this song is more relevant

Michael Jackson Earth Song


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