To approach life with any form of accountability, only a structured method of design can be predictable. That is to say with the inclusion of technology a more academic and advanced insistence of data collection worldwide would surely be able to place and keep track of where and how to give a fair indication and assessment of its physical and numerical position.
Having said or mentioned the above, we in Trinidad and Tobago must be high in aptitude to say how much elderly and disabled folks we have, where they are located, what race, and to a large extent what are their ages and type of disability.
Data has and will always be a significant aspect of life. If proper data is collected then knowledge or information of the statistics required will come forth with some form of accuracy. Is it feasible to assume that we in T&T know what is the correct percentage of our elderly and disabled population? Based on the United Nation’s assessment,15% of our society is elderly and disabled. Now how accurate is that figure? Only an in depth survey can produce such information. Is it safe to say we in T&T have been collecting information to allow us to make informed decisions? If not, what is the next step.
Statistics and statistical communities such as the elderly and disabled have a key role to play in our understanding of the Covid 19 pandemic. If we could source information from areas such as the CSO, Ministry of Social Development, hospitals, homes, Health Centers, the ODPM and any other statistical body then with the umbrella concept, collected data would fall under one body.
It is said that health data is becoming more sophisticated, offering new opportunities not just for observational work but also the possibility of using it to run pragmatic trials in routine clinical practice, obviating the need for specialist data collection.
With the bodies mentioned above, the use of data for the elderly and disabled quickly leads to the question of privacy and who should have access to data for use beyond their privacy purposes. There is often an implicit assumption that data is owned by the individual but data is in fact owned by more than one person.
COVID- 19 has definitely shown that with the inclusion of efficient data collection, elderly and disabled folks will be in a much better position as far as their stats are concerned. It is long overdue as a matter of fact. Data collecting is at the heart of understanding and decision making. Society is now bonded to statistics so that using evidence to help the public make informed decisions in everyday life will be known as a necessary entity.
Data will most certainly place our elderly and disabled in a position of independence as statistics of a concrete nature have always been required for these folks. If a serious drive is put forward to account for our elderly and disabled then and only then can a true picture of what percentage of our population is elderly and disabled be made available.
COVID- 19 surely provoked the importance of data despite the negativity. To ascertain whether we in T&T have a fair estimate of how well we have done in terms of accountability pertaining to our elderly and disabled folks is a question yet to be answered.
Despair sometimes floats during times of crisis and quite often the elderly and disabled are slowly accounted for but with the innovation of detailed statistics, data will present a hopeful future leaving little doubt in the minds of those in charge. This pandemic has surely placed the world, far more our twin islands, in a position of efficient ability to think when a crisis occurs.
The time has come for our elderly and disabled to be on the data analysis platform so they can be known and reached. With the development of advance technology, data has spun the world into an avalanche of information causing fingertip requirements of history to be made available.
Data is one sure way the elderly and disabled can be kept abreast of technology so that they can be assessed and and found at a moment’s notice. How powerful it will become when these folks can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they are in good hands and included in the information circuit.
We in Trinidad and Tobago must now enure our goal is to flush out all the information required to save and protect the elderly and disabled from being in a situation of peril. Data is an integral part of the success of persons who are elderly and disabled. Keep up the fight and never say never for we are all in this together.
It is imperative that we all join in saluting the frontline workers. Their blessings will be assured.