By Agnes Magunje (Writer)
It is a new decade and definitely a very different one. The Coronavirus pandemic continues to cause a lot of uncertainty in all corners of the world.When 2020 was coming to an end, we all hoped for a better 2021 and wanted things to get back to normal. But “alas” we are definitely living in a changed world.
The pandemic continues to knock closer to our homes, the figures have turned to names and people close to us, despite class or status all have been affected. Covid 19 confuses leaders and nations, it is clear times are different, all the plans and goals that are normally made beginning of the year have been disrupted. The coronavirus rules ruthlessly and continues to kill.
We have to accept the change brought by the pandemic and also accept some of the tough lessons it is teaching. The health sector is overwhelmed by cases of sick patients and not much can be done, whilst nurses and doctors are the key players to help fight the pandemic they have been found in the past fighting for increase in salaries and pay.
The education sector has been greatly affected too especially the primary school children in particular those starting grade one and the teachers have also been fighting for increase in salaries. People are forced to live on very little while they are pushed to extreme poverty due to lockdowns and travel restrictions.
Most people live from hand to mouth due to high unemployment. Families are having to adopt to these changes, which have brought many different results. Some have formed better knit families, whilst on the other hand cases of gender based violence have increased as perpetrators are spending more time with their victims.
Change at this second wave of COVID 19 is inevitable, the fragility and vulnerability of populations is worrying. Leaders are to invest more in the crisis in order be relevant, there has to be a change that puts more emphasis and concern for citizens. Supporting key staff at all times and investing more in the education and health sector. There is need for planning that goes on in the midst of the pandemic in order to prepare for the future which is now definitely a different one globally.
Digital transformation is key when taking a look at the way forward. People are dying and many lessons are learnt from this pandemic as African Countries. Priorities definitely need to change and a new thinking of economic recovery has to be crafted while working towards fighting the pandemic.
There is serious need for collaborative action to fight the pandemic and even to build economies that delivery huge economic growth and safety for all, especially social security.
Every cloud has a silver lining. It is good the country has received rains this season because many had returned to their rural homes and embarked on agricultural projects which relieves some pressure off their shoulders as there will be some food for consumption and a few extra for resale.
Food security begins with growing your own food and this will go a long way also in eradicating poverty not only that but some traditional herbs can be used to cure symptoms of Covid 19. It remains the hope of many that we may wake up to a world of no Covid 19, but it is definitely sure that we will not be going back to many old ways of doing things. Change has come and we must accept it to be safe and stay alive.