Dr. Hisham Ahmed Kalander – Specialist Doctor in Health Administration
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Today, the corona epidemic file is one that occupies the entire world and focuses on the media, as its impact was reflected at all levels, whether political, economic, social, or health.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the health care sector in the countries of the world has been working with all its cadres and energies to face this pandemic, and in fact governments have spent a lot of their resources to combat the virus. Has devoted, and the focus to combat this epidemic may be reflected in other health services, including dealing with other non-communicable diseases. And pressure and others. The corona epidemic has a role, either due to behavior change that has occurred to healthcare recipients (patients) or to a change in the policies of some health institutions focusing on the corona epidemic at the expense of other health services Might be possible.
Regarding patients, public health experts say that many people are still afraid to use medical services out of fear of contracting coronaviruses. This fear made many patients hesitate to go to health centers or hospitals, and this was reflected in the lack of health appointments and lack of attendance for outpatient clinics for periodic follow-up and laboratory examinations, implying that This large segment is affected by care and follow-up, as there is no home without a suffering patient. With chronic non-communicable diseases. A survey noted in a local newspaper showed that 54% of Kuwait’s population avoid going to a clinic or hospital to comply with general health needs during the epidemic, which may pose a risk to patients with chronic conditions. It is for patients, as for those in the health sector, the most focused initially on encountering this epidemic, especially with limited information available on the corona virus, but with the passage of time and many more As was evident, health began to return to its normal state.
Hospitals are still struggling to resume some services that have shut down and are trying to reduce waiting lists after months of working with part of their capacity for these services, and The expansion of the reopening of government and private clinics and clinics in primary health centers is an excellent step to reduce effort in emergency treatment and diagnosis of complications of chronic diseases, especially space for their relocation and follow-up after emergencies. in absentia.
In light of the Corona epidemic, it is also important to reduce the pressure on health services, provided that it is not at the cost of patients suffering from chronic non-communicable diseases. As this equation reduces the pressure on the need for patients in health services as well as hospitals and primary health centers, to deliver medicines at home, to deliver medicines for long-term chronic illnesses, to activate health services remotely and hotlines Can be obtained in order to ensure the safety of people suffering from chronic diseases in their homes and the absence of complications. More hospital bed lead. The time has come to introduce technology in various healthcare sectors, adopting smart solutions such as a virtual clinic, reviewing current policies and working to build an effective system capable of reducing wastage of energy, time and money. The time has come to build a highly efficient health system to ensure that patients receive timely health care. Best.
Finally, we return to the question presented with the article’s title, “Which is more important: to treat infections with the corona virus or to chronic non-communicable diseases?”, And answer: All health services are important, but most The important thing is to achieve a balance in the provision of medical services and to ensure that one file does not overwhelm the other.