We are used to fighting for survival during disasters. But disasters in this region usual last a determinate period. The effects of the floods may linger for a month or two, but when the waters recede, there is always an opportunity to recover, rebuild and sow new seeds. After a cyclone, people can go back home and start working to bring normalcy back to their lives. This pandemic, however, is a crisis whose effects may last for years. I fear that we are coming to a point where our people will grow tired of giving 100% in battling to survive yet another crisis for such a long period. They will have exhausted all their mental, physical and economic resources and may give up trying to remain safe. Indifference may set in and then the numbers will certainly escalate.
In, many countries we are already witnessing a second wave of infections, more difficult to respond to than the first. In Bangladesh our healthcare system is already stretched to the limit and we face many other difficulties because of the pandemic. How will we manage? The Bangladeshi Government, donors, non-government organisations and the private sector must work together with far more solidarity, common vision and verity. We must build hope for the future, and awareness that help is at hand, if we are to overcome this pandemic and survive.