There is no denial of the fact the we have mass poverty in our country. Rough estimates shows nearly 40% of our population is under or slightly above poverty line. The crisis of COVID-19 made it harder for poor countries to fight effectively, even the most developed and wealthy nations are helpless in this situation but another fact is when there is a will there would be a way.
Some measures can help us to fight against this deadly situation to prevent outbreak of COVID-19 and hunger.
1: Daily wagers working type and strategy
In Pakistan an estimated ratio of daily wage works is 25% which means that huge number of population will suffer in case of lock down. Now the type of daily wage workers differ some of them are sellers such as fruits vegetables. The other type of daily wagers are industrial works or working for someone else. Now what could be the strategy that these workers could be covered. Our issue right now is the purchase and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain good diet and immunity to fight deadly corona. Being and agriculture country we have enough of these.
If the daily wagers could allow to sell vegetables and fruits but by imposing strict standards such as social distancing measures and disinfected efforts. The government can gave few days in a week and estimated hours in which they can sell thing but before selling there should be distance signs on which buyers stand and buy on safe distance. Masks and sanitizers should be compulsory at those places and authorities should watch strictly.
The community should encouraged in respective areas to work on the guidelines and safety plans and sell these edibles. There would be less danger of spread in case of vegetables and fruits selling as it do not involve any cooking and processing at the spot of selling. So some of the daily wagers across the country could be accommodated that way.
2:Unemployed poor people
Now the challenge is with the unemployed people who are fired from jobs after Corona being in in Pakistan. Most of them belong to industries. Definitely it would be a big impact on production that would gradually lead towards shortage and hustle in the country. Industries could made the works possible in disinfected environment with less worker at one time. Shifts could be made and in this way there would be less number of unemployed people. Industrialists should ensure the safe and healthy environment.
Our drawback us the public in Pakistan is mostly concentrated in rural areas with poor educational background and awareness. They are not aware of corona disaster. Massive awareness campaign is needed in which media and general well aware public can play role such as prime Minister announced tiger force the purpose of which is to spread awareness how to take necessary measures to fight corona.
4:Social coordination and collaboration.
Social coordination is a key thing. We must remember one thing if the left wing of society remain infected the rich strata even with precautions and opportunities to fight corona would fail the battle. No one will be fine until everyone will be fine. Social coordination and taking others on same page of progress in fight against corona is a must thing.
5:Humanity and Islam
Humanity is the hallmark of Islam. We Muslims have the proud teachings based on humanity and mutual care. Care needy if you are wealthy. Almighty will give you from the ways you never imagined. Identify people in your area and provide basic food stuff to them. Make sure no one is sleeping empty stomach around you.
6:Smuggling and hoarding
Smuggling and hoarding is killer of humanity and humans. Our religion strictly forbidden it. If we had a look at Islamic history we will find how strict our khalifa were against smuggling and hoarding. If you are earning by putting other on the verge of death by hoarding you will gain nothing expect cash in hand neither in this world Nor in the world after death.
Please stay home stay safe. Do not use cloth or sponge masks. Use the above 1-4 any of them available. Help poor and needy. Make sure no one is sleeping empty stomach near your home or locality. Take the deadly COVID-19 seriously. It the matter of your lives and people around you.
May Almighty give us courage to combat this deadly situation by being humans.