Many have compared the effects of the coronavirus to those of a hypothetical third world war. And unfortunately, making the debts averted, at the end of the fair the number of victims fallen on the field is likely to be that of a world war. 

With the difference that in war you know the enemy and you can fight him by deploying - albeit at a disadvantage - your resources, your strategies, your weapons. Here the opponent is impalpable and devious and forces you to behave in a way that inevitably while waiting for the antidote, can only be defensive. Where the hospital garrisons are the Maginot line against the rampant invasion and where health workers, doctors and nurses, are at the forefront in the management of an essential strategy of protection and defence of the population involved. Since our health workers are carrying out the task with heroic self-sacrifice, they are paying in unjustifiable terms, on their skin, the toll of a hospital system that is watering down in many parts: because it is suffering the effects of a health policy that has made cuts its watchword, impoverishing an apparatus that has in its medical staff - and thank goodness - absolute excellence. A testimony to the high quality of university education in our country. 

We too have been interested in the d√©faillance, if we think that until the seventies and eighties Gorizia's people were born in Gorizia, the bisiachi in Monfalcone, the mamoli I was born in Gravo and the furlans of jevat sisters in Cormons: a hospital jewel made thanks to the then regional councillor for health, Cesare Devetag: a time when Gorizia was represented in the Region by three regional councillors. It was the long wave of the economic boom: there were, therefore, four hospitals in our ex-Province, in homage also to the directives of the Oms. Too many? Maybe so. Certainly is that the emptying of skills and wards that have affected the Isonzo is striking, as is the fact that - thanks to Serracchiani and the weakness of the political class in Gorizia - the Gorizians are no longer born in the capital, so it happens - waiting for a denial - in the other 110 provincial capitals. 

The circumstance now becomes negligible if commensurate with the tragedy that the coronavirus is pouring on us. When it will be time to leave again, and this will come because it's only a matter of time, we will have to think about health policy in our country and the question that is not so much a question: whether it is better to invest in favour of the health of citizens rather than paying good money of managers to pursue with stubborn stubbornness every possible saving. Of the two: mejo the first.

Ermes Dosso

The map updated to April 5th is from the New York Times