COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Inequity, Equity and Iniquity, Prof. Midion Mapfumo Chidzonga
Prof. Midion Mapfumo Chidzonga
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Department of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, P. O. Box A178
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives globally. The SARS-Cov-2 viurs knows no boundaries, rich and poor countries have all been affected. Social life, economy and education have all been adversely affected. The responses to the pandemic have exposed the inequities in the delivery of health services: poor health services in poor countries have struggled to adequately deal with the pandemic: access to vaccine, protective equipment, and other sundries. The rich countries are happily hoarding some of the resources .The lockdown has affected the fragile economies of the poor countries while social distance has proved difficult due to the crowded nature of the living conditions in poor countries. The unilateral travel bans are crippling the tourist industry, a mainstay of the economy of most countries especially in Southern Africa.