Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 4490--4491

Three important events to reaffirm three important elements in global COVID-19 management


Ganesh S Dharmshaktu 
 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Ganesh S Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
India




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Dear editor,

We read with interest a relevant article entitled “A Statement of Solidarity on COVID-19 Pandemic 2020 by the South Asian Family Physicians” describing unprecedented support and collaboration this global tragedy demands.[1] The current coronavirus pandemic is a great leveler and has underlined the importance of global cooperation on this or any future major health issue. In an interconnected world, any major socio-political event can not be just one nation's problem. The status of primary healthcare system has become national concern and so is the need to strengthen it for today and tomorrow. While the crisis is far from over with many countries battling the pandemic on war level, the good and bad aspect of every remedial measure has become point of debate.

Amidst the ongoing crisis, three notable events were observed in the month of May 2020 that are so relevant to acknowledge and ponder not only during COVID-19 crisis but for future primary healthcare improvement as well. Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 5 every year, has never been more relevant than this time.[2] A good hand hygiene with frequent hand-wash following contact with outside objects and suspicious surfaces is an excellent prevention strategy to be practiced by one and all. The current fad appears to remain as “new normal” with us. The campaign theme of this year “SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands” aligns with recognition to nurses and midwives as front-line heroes and highlight their role in infection prevention. The three objectives of the campaign are—making hand hygiene global priority, inspire and behavior change and engagement of healthcare workers in their role in clean care and infection prevention.

The year 2020, by World Health Assembly (WHO and partner organizations), has been commemorated as “International Year of the Nurses and Midwife”.[3] The dedication and unsung sacrifices that our nursing/allied colleagues display in the line of duty has to be complemented. The trials and tribulations of nursing workforce require patient hearing and efforts to make their numbers grow should be boosted. Their safety in and out of workplace should be a collective responsibility especially in times where incident of violence and insensitivity towards them has been reported from certain places.

The third and most important one was World Family Doctor day, endorsed by WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) and celebrated on 19 May every year for some time now to remember the role family doctors play in our lives.[4] The silent services rendered by family doctors in providing personal, comprehensive, and continuing healthcare needs recognition. The theme for this year—”Family doctors on the front line. First in, last out” holds aptly significant in current scenario. The responsibility upon family doctor fraternity during corona-virus outbreak has become more pivotal and palpable. As the economic crisis in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across sectors, primary healthcare, and family medicine shall not be immune to the aftermath. The plight of family medicine personnel require timely solutions as risk of decreased patients, income, and job losses loom large with no recuperative frameworks laid for themselves. Its high time governments and international authorities take concerns of family medicine brethren who are “ first in and last out”. The strengthening of a well recognized and widely available system of family physicians working as healers, counselors, and friends in need deserves a priority. The current pandemic protocols have also highlighted the importance of revamping primary care system so that a large population can be managed at respective catchment area during future pandemics. The importance of strong family physicians and primary care workforce is being felt as a non-negotiable social need that is critical to make any healthcare system future- ready.

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References

1Kumar R, Naseem S, Jayatissa J, Adhikari CL, Aziz T, Qureshi R, et al. A statement of solidarity on COVID-19 pandemic 2020 by the South Asian family physicians. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:1795-7.
2Hand Hygiene Day. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/05/05/default-calendar/hand-hygiene-day. [Last accessed on 2020 May 9].
3Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020. [Last accessed on 2020 May 10].
4World Family Doctors day. 2020 May 19. Available from: https://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/news/WorldFamilyDoctorday-May193.aspx. [Last accessed on 2020 May 10].