Challenges to delivering pediatric surgery services in the midst of COVID 19 crisis: experience from a tertiary care hospital of Pakistan

Saqib Hamid Qazi, Ayesha Saleem, Areeba Nadeem Pirzada, La Raib Hamid, Sohail Asghar Dogar, Jai K. Das

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Abstract

Covid-19 pandemic has significantly challenged the healthcare delivery across the world. Surgery departments across the country responded to this challenge by halting all non-emergency procedures. This delay in diagnosis and management of surgical disease could result in significant mortality and morbidity among the most vulnerable population-the children. In this manuscript, we discuss the measures adopted as well as the challenges faced by the pediatric surgery department at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (AKUH), Pakistan, which is a private, not-for-profit entity and providing optimum surgical care to the patients. We also underscore the need for global strategies for tackling such crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1267-1273
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Challenges
  • Pediatric surgery

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