There are several measures that can be used to manage COVID-19 pandemic. However, before adopting any of the measures, there is a need to consider its impact on livelihoods.
Understanding the impact of COVID-19 management measure will assist COVID-19 Response Team and policy makers in developing a strategy that minimises the spread of the virus and at the same time sustain livelihoods of vulnerable people.
This is the advice by Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) Deputy Director for Research, Associate Professor Eugene Ezebilo in his recent research report published today.
The report, titled “COVID-19 pandemic as perceived by residents of informal-built areas segment of Port Moresby”, is released as PNG NRI Spotlight Volume 13, Issue 17.
It highlights how residents of informal-built areas (settlements) of Port Moresby perceive COVID-19, the Government of PNG response to the virus, and the impact of lockdown on their livelihoods.
“The findings revealed that, of the 195 residents that were interviewd, most of them perceived COVID-19 as a malicious deception being used by some government officials to enrich themselves. They claimed that activities meant for managing the virus lack proper coordination”, Professor Ezebilo stated.
The report also highlighted that, following the lockdown of PNG, some of the residents of settlements lost their jobs and were rendered homeless.
“For six months starting from the first lockdown on 24 March 2020, the 195 settlment residents interviewed and their households lost more than a total of K5.6 million or US$1.6 million”, Professor Ezebilo said.
The report can be accessed on the PNG NRI website: https://www.pngnri.org/ and/or you can follow its social media pages:
Authorised for release by:
Dr Osborne Sanida
Director, PNG NRI