Pandemic and the Water Crisis
The water crisis is not an issue only limited to India. It has become a global issue. Water is universally a cleaning agent, and all over the world, cleanliness and sanitization are not possible without water.
We are aware that the current situation has made sanitization and immunity the two most important things. Lack of sure vaccine has made the entire human race take care of them in whatever way possible. In such a situation, the water shortage has become a major issue, and the way to come out of it looks bleak.
W.H.O. has advised washing hands with water and soap. But the problem here is that running water and soap is not available in every part of the world. There are countries where, on average, at least a month goes by when there is an acute water shortage. When drinking water is unclean, how can there be a provision to wash hands and prevent the virus from entering the human system.
Somewhere to 3 billion people in the world do not have access to cleanliness. Amidst this, it has become highly difficult for people to adhere to the guidelines of W.H.O.
For a long time, the investment in water management is low, and now the situation has turned out to be bad. In this difficult situation, it is quite difficult to mitigate the water issue when already there is a bigger danger taking millions of lives worldwide.
The practice of low investment in water availability has now put everyone in a difficult situation. Had there been steady investment and work done over the water crisis, people would have been fortunate enough to wash off their hands with soap and water.
There has got to be a longer solution to this problem. However, it is also quite evident that achieving uniformity throughout the world is not possible. This is because there are different geographical situations and conditions in different parts of the world.
U.N. do as much possible in terms of guidelines and aids, but through the hierarchy of governments in different countries, the work has to be done.
It is a well-known fact that emergency and development funds are not used in the way it should be used. If fund allocation becomes perfect, then the problems will lessen, if not disappear.
The efforts at the local level are more effective than we imagine it to be effective. We must understand and promote the importance of local-level awareness.
So, how are you going to create awareness about it?
One of the smaller ways could be to distribute free soaps and hand sanitizer. In India, this has been done by municipalities in big cities, but what about the government bodies in small towns and villages? There is a huge gap.
We have to have a holistic approach so that we can do little by little for everyone and not only concentrate all the care to the privileged.
In this pandemic, holding everyone together is difficult, but a trial may be worth the effort.