From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was acknowledged that our healthcare staff can be on the forefront of attempting to handle it. There have been sporadic intervals whereby they had been provided the gratitude of leaders in Guyana and the world over. These celebratory statements had been nicely deserved as these staff have been working at most capability even earlier than the arrival of the virus.
It definitely is true that we must always give flowers to these whose service we admire, however typically what is de facto wanted are the related assets that might make provision of their providers secure and sustained. Sadly, Guyana like many others, has purchased into the performative apply of providing ovations to healthcare staff whereas overworking and underpaying them.
The fact we now stay in is one the place each step outdoors is full of hazard. With authorities nonetheless dashing together with its plan to reopen the economic system regardless of the implications, our creaking healthcare system could very quickly crumble. This isn’t meant to be alarmist; it’s the actuality we’ll face if the present path is sustained on. Well being care staff, notably nurses are extraordinarily susceptible to the chance of contracting the coronavirus. After months of placing their lives in danger, they lastly took to the streets in protest. They known as for elevated salaries, enough danger allowance and enhanced security measures. These should not outrageous requests they’re fundamental.
There have been some makes an attempt at making distinctions about what constitutes a frontline employee; this after all is aimed in the direction of not assembly the collective calls for of the healthcare staff. Employees in important industries required to work in high-risk environments akin to hospitals, are all important staff. Many well being professionals haven’t any alternative however to every day put their lives and that of their households in danger to help within the administration of the virus.
The toll COVID-19 will tackle our healthcare staff will most likely not be recognized for a while, however it is going to be in depth. In Might of this 12 months, it was reported that 3000 healthcare staff died from COVID-19 throughout 79 nations. This was over 4 months in the past and these numbers are only a fraction of the worldwide actuality. Guyana will not be immune from this, as we have now already begun to see. These staff additionally must face the added danger of being attacked by the general public as a consequence of their presumed proximity to those that might need the virus.
The response to the protesting staff from authorities nevertheless, shows how steadily ignored they’re, whereas being anticipated to proceed working extreme hours with low pay and poor situations. Threatening these staff with sanctions and dismissals is becoming with the anti-worker insurance policies the PPP/C have lengthy been recognized for. There are presently requests for staff to consider the realities of the economic system, what economic system does one hope to revitalize if the collective well being and security of the nation will not be considered? It’s not that the federal government doesn’t have cash, their priorities merely don’t lie with healthcare staff and the bigger collective.
There’s heavy deal with the economic system and its revitalization that thought is nary spared to how this pandemic will proceed to ravage our small inhabitants. Authorities’s response to this point, regardless of intimating that they’d a plan, has been to advise individuals to stick to the COVID-19 restrictions. This nevertheless, means little or no. If we all know something concerning the human tendency to disregard/disbelieve recommendation, the quickly rising demise and an infection charges would come as no shock to us. Lack of acceptable data difficult myths surrounding the virus coupled with insufficient financial aid additionally sees many shirking the accountability of security. Lots of our responses to this point have been centred on misinformation, concern and panic. It’s understood that at first there have been certain to be suits and begins, however we’re months together with in depth examples on what nations mustn’t do, but we persist by following the examples of those that result in fail.
We can not anticipate folks to stay secure if we don’t put mechanisms in place to coach and help them. Furthermore, we can not anticipate them to comply with recommendation that authorities itself doesn’t appear too eager on taking. The lax response to the specter of the virus is seen via elaborate swearing in ceremonies and authorities outreaches that use those that are impoverished for a superb press launch. They’ve additionally opted to go the route of attempting to elucidate away rising charges of demise as being as a consequence of underlying situations. This goals to downplay the specter of the virus. No matter what situations existed earlier than, the reason for demise continues to be COVID-19.
Healthcare staff play an indispensable function, however they aren’t machines that may push via lengthy hours with restricted assets. They’re folks deserving of safety and consideration. Authorities must cease utilizing them as pawns to be deployed and be cognizant of their humanity. Their security have to be ensured and financial wants met. We can not proceed to deal with these upon whom we rely with such scant regard.