Several photos and reports were sent to me by supporters of the APNU-AFC coalition (government) and opposition and their promoters on their outreaches to distribute Covid-19 assistance. I also read media reports on both political sides distributing assistance during this critical period of survival from Corona. They are competing to help a vulnerable public. I notice troubling disparities in the distribution of government assistance and its handling of this deadly disease – assistance is directed primarily to its supporters. The virus does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity and political affiliation. Neglecting one community does not make the other community any safer. Those neglected, if they have the virus, can spread the virus to those who are served by the government. People of all groups are affected and therefore all groups must be attended to expeditiously in order to control the spread of the epidemic. Assistance should be distributed to all regardless of their affiliation or ethnicity. People are better protected when everyone is assisted to stop the disease from spreading.
There are distributive and temporal inequalities in the allocation of government directed assistance. Villages in the rural and outlying areas are badly affected by Corona but seem to be neglected on account of politics and ethnicity. Only selected areas get adequate food assistance on food. Many afflicted by the disease are not aided, worse are not even tested.The government started out quite late in doling out assistance to the public affected by the pandemic and appeared to have done so only after the PPP, initiated by Dr. Irfaan Ali, started distributing face masks and food assistance throughout the country.
From the media reports and those sent to me by agents of the parties, the opposition seems to distribute more assistance to the public than the government. In addition, the government appeared to distribute food handouts primarily to its supporters. The PPP team, on the other hand, seemed to distribute food assistance to every community, regardless of ethnicity and how they voted, including areas that are known strongholds of the APNU+AFC government. Volunteers are making facemasks by the tens of thousands given to the PPP disbursement team and are distributed free including to supporters of the APNU-AFC government.
As reported to me, there is evidence of racial differences in the government service delivery spectrum relating to Corona and in the nature and quality of services received. The differences in government service represent serious disparities that must be corrected. There also seeming disparities in access to tests, services, and treatment for Covid-19.
This inequitable distribution and racial discrimination of government assistance to communities must end. The entire country is affected. Government must help all regardless of how they voted and or their ethnicity. Neglecting some communities poses a serious threat to the others.