COVID19 - What can we do to combat this?
We are all in the
midst of a pandemic due to Corona Virus. The calamity it is causing needs no
reemphasis. Every Government in all counties has laid down rigid steps to be
followed. These stringent measures, so needed, are affecting the very daily
life of Medical and Paramedical personal world over who have to cater for the
needs medically and socially
The COVID 19
pandemic has led to the necessary postponement of much planned surgical
activity with the cancellation of outpatient, diagnostic and operative work.
These measures have been designed to 'flatten the curve' and delay the spread
of Corona Virus whilst also freeing up capacity within hospitals for patients
affected with the virus. This inevitable postponement of routine activity will
create challenges to health care systems when normal business resumes and in
many healthcare settings, which are often already resource constrained. This
will impose an additional burden on patients whose diagnoses and treatment will
Can a surgeon do
anything differently? Can we introduce Remote Consultation for those who could
miss either coming to the centre or who are likely to miss an appointment? Can
we use Telephone, which is Ubiquitous, and guide our needy patients. Though it
may be useful for some, we have to depend on what is being told to form an
opinion which may not be the right one always. In a country like India can we
have Videoconferencing with the patients who need to consult us? Even in the
most progressive countries, this has been found difficult.
With our expanding
group, many of us in various levels of practice would have developed our own
way to overcome this situation. I am sure the time is ripe for us to have a
discussion on this topic.
exhibiting its ravages on many, May god bless us all and may we not suffer the
evils of COVID19. May all of us fight this and come out of this unscathed.
With warm regards,