COVID-19 Preparedness Within the Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthetic Ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa

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COVID-19 Preparedness Within the Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthetic Ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa

Journalannals of surgery
Publication date – Apr – 2020
Authors – Adesoji O Ademuyiwa , Abebe Bekele , Atakltie Baraki Berhea , Eric Borgstein , Nina Capo-Chichi , Miliard Derbew , Faye M Evans , Mekdes Daba Feyssa , Moses Galukande , Atul A Gawande , Serigne Magueye Gueye , Ewen Harrison , Pankaj Jani , Neema Kaseje , Louis Litswa , Tihitena Negussie Mammo , Jannicke Mellin-Olsen , Godfrey Muguti , Mary T Nabukenya , Eugene Ngoga , Faustin Ntirenganya , Stephen Rulisa , Nichole Starr , Stephen Tabiri , Mahelet Tadesse , Isabeau Walker , Thomas G Weiser , Sherry M Wren
Keywordsglobal surgery, Sub-Saharan Africa, surgical Obstetric and Anesthetic Ecosystem
Open access – Yes
SpecialityGeneral surgery
World region Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 2, 2020 at 9:28 am
Abstract:

Community transmission of COVID-19 is already being reported in Africa. Most countries on the continent will have +10,000 confirmed cases within the month. The population, while generally younger than in Europe and North America, has much higher rates of poverty, malnutrition, HIV, and TB, which could shift the demographics of lethality. For surgeons, obstetricians, and anesthesiologists, the major challenge will be maintaining provision of emergency and essential surgery and obstetric care while preserving precious resources, minimizing exposure of health care workers, and preventing onward transmission (Table ​(Table11). The human skill sets, resources, and supply chains supporting surgical services are also those needed for responding to the crisis.

OSI Number – 20489
PMID – 32301806

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