Sergo Chikhladze: Problems of people deprived of a piece of bread have been added to the covid and the political crisis
Of course, we expected certain restrictions, but the reality exceeded our expectations. In fact, we got a full lockdown, well, with some exceptions. Based on the way it was taken, it was clear that the government did not know what to do. Perhaps they wanted to present their decision as a product of a broad consensus, but the fact is that everyone is unhappy with this decision.
Was there another way out? See for yourself, any lockdown should have a goal – reducing diseases, strengthening the hospital base, preventive measures for that. to prevent the collapse of the economy. What have we seen in the government’s actions? Have a plan to strengthen the hospital sector and health care system? Nobody saw it. The restrictions make sense if, at the same time, it is scheduled at the same time, what needs to be done, who will do it, with a scheduled budget and measures to save the economy?
When the prime minister says that those who have lost their jobs will receive 1200 GEL (200 GEL per month) within six months, the question arises, how many people received these same 1200 GEL last time. Most of those who received help received it once or twice. And these are the people. who lost their jobs then for 5-6 months. So it will be now, people are told, you will receive compensation from January 1, and they are losing their jobs now. In Tbilisi alone, 60 thousand people remain unemployed.
If we used the resource of the health care system correctly, we would have much better results. Now the situation will worsen even more, because if transport does not work, how will sick (non-covid) people who need medical help move around? Now, to the covid and the political crisis, the problems of people deprived of a piece of bread have been added. And this is a very big problem.
Sergo Chikhladze, GSAC