By Demion McTair Updated 2:44 a.m., Wednesday, 8 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
EDITORIAL: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is fighting two wars at the moment with two dangerous enemies.
Enemy number one attacks quickly and cunningly. He comes around to devour the economy, the public health infrastructure and the well-being of the society.
Enemy number two is equally dangerous as it rips away public health protections and threatens survival.
The war is on, but, one of the main weapons needed to defeat enemy number one is the same weapon being attacked and depleted by enemy number two.
The country’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay is being frustrated by another battle to conserve depleting water resources in a severe drought situation.
The ruthlessness of these two enemies, Covid-19 (enemy number one) and Drought, (enemy number two) warrants an equally brazen response, but all soldiers in the country must fight.
On the one hand, the ammunition of tactical spacing of soldiers – called social distancing, and adhering to quarantines for those possibly touched and infected by Covid-19’s poison must be fully utilized.
Frequent hand-washing and good personal hygiene are also strong weapons against Covid-19 and must be used constantly to weaken the virus’ ability to attack. They can also limit the number of casualties the enemy Covid-19 can bring to the camp.
On the other hand, a strong defense must be established to conserve water, which is the main target of enemy number two – Drought, but one of the biggest weapons to be used against enemy number one – Covid 19.
The impact of water shortages brought about by drought (enemy number two) must be mitigated through moderate and efficient water usage.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines can defeat both enemies and win both wars with little casualties.
In each battle, however, the country must attack ruthlessly, the strengths of Covid-19 and enhance its defense against the onslaughts of Drought.
Victories in each battle will help to ensure we win both wars in the end.
There is no time for complacency. Every man, woman and child must fight.