Ethiopia: COVID-19 Ministerial Committee – Communique (27.03.2020)

Update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda (27.03.2020)

Opinion: Afraid we’re using a Swiss-Army Knife to kill a Dragon!

Again and again, we’re seeing the big-men proudly saying: “We are going to beat this Coronavirus”. We are seeing Ministry of Health and Doctors saying: “We are not having such and such equipment and medicine to heal our patients”. So the stories goes.

Than, again, the public is not social distancing. The Public isn’t following orders to stay, because they cannot afford to stay home. They need to make bread to eat, the food just fly on the plate by a tweet-y bird. No, they have to earn it and the state doesn’t sufficiently compensate the public to stay home.

Secondly, the electric isn’t trustworthy, there are streets upon streets without pipe-water or clean-wells. Neither, is there enough sanitary rooms or needed wash-areas. Thirdly, the public needs public-transports, because the major part of the public cannot afford private cars. Even as they live hand to mouth. They got to go from their homes into a business district or a central market to work.

With all of these obstacles, still the big-man claims the closure of schools, borders, bars, churches and other public gatherings. The public still got to get to points, where they meet and greet. Where they got to use all sorts of methods there. Going to the public places and being sort of social to live. Where the state haven’t done enough to secure their lives and livelihood.

It is with these sort of measures and realities, the poor, the ones living in poverty, the ones whose never counted, unless they are pieces of statistics comes in. They are usually good pawns to get Multi-National Organizations, United Nations Organizations and Bretton Woods Institutions for grants, loans and whatnot. These people will now be useful again for loans and grants to sufficiently patch the hurt after the painful procedure during the crisis.

The state hasn’t sufficiently fixed the Health Care Centres, Hospitals neither invested in medicine, stocks of food, gasoline and so-on. This is why from the get-go, the state couldn’t win. The re-issue why they will loose is the people cannot afford to stay home. Unless, the state suddenly wire funds to all homes and everyone with a cellphone. Doing something, as there not enough efforts to take another step to make a difference. The elites can afford to live in the suburbs and finer parts of town in their mansions and get workers to pick up their fruits. However, their labour can wait and can be done from home. However, the mechanic, the street-vendor and the boda-boda driver got to go to the “office”, the street and pass by areas which is dangerous.

The dragon is big, the dragon is powerful and the dragon could burn you. Still, you got to go. There is no other choice. While the government has only gotten a Swiss-Army knife, they don’t have bazookas, they don’t have missiles nor jet fighters to bomb the living hell out of the dragon. They got one soldier, one big-man and his Swiss-Army knife to beat the dragon.

The man is going to face the beast on a “one-to-one” battle. A fight where he has to use skills, use his intellect and the one tool he has. While the dragon can burn, can use all parts of his body to beat on person. He can even use his tail to break the bones of the fighter. His alone in this and doesn’t have training nor the equipment to win. If he does, it is on luck and hope.

The Swiss-Army Man got to do a MacGyver moves. Have some secret tricks. However, the public needs that. They need some powerful changes and help in need. The Swiss-Army knife towards the dragon isn’t cutting it. The damage, the hurt and the possible pain will be unbearable. Even if people try to stay home and not go out. At one point they need, because their pantry isn’t that huge and they are lucky to survive the first phase without any causes to worry.

So, what I am hoping and that more pressure does. Is that flexing and the big-men actually spends their own retirement, that they passes the funds they have siphoned to tax-havens and they actually does something brave. They actually govern. It is easy to close shops and to send the army to the streets to send people home. However, it is even more daring to actually revamp and get guidance to rebuild the failing health care industry and the hospitals, where the needs will be dire in the coming days.

The dragon is coming, the burns are coming and hopefully you give your fighter more than a Swiss-army knife. Peace.

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