UAE and Korean healthcare specialists share their Covid response experience.

Primary care providers are on the front lines of patient care. COVID-19 is distributed largely through respiratory droplets that contaminate surfaces and hands, then transmit the virus to the respiratory system of another person. The majority of cases are mild, with an incubation period of 2-9 days. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most prevalent symptoms. Severe disease is more likely in the elderly, those with cardiopulmonary co-morbidities, and those with immunological deficiencies. If a patient meets the case description, the primary care provider should take infection prevention and control measures right away.

A RT-PCR test employing respiratory secretions, commonly nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs, is used to make the diagnosis. Self-isolation, symptomatic therapy, and follow-up if the disease progresses can all be done at home for mild instances. The importance of contact tracking cannot be overstated. The observed case fatality rate is between 0.5 to 4%, but this figure may be overstated because mild cases are not consistently counted. In communities and homes, primary care practitioners must deliver clear, accurate, and consistent information about infection prevention and control.

PHCs are the first tier of the Indian health-care system, delivering a variety of vital outpatient treatments to people living in rural, suburban, and hard-to-reach locations. The diversion of health-care resources to combat the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) has severely harmed access to and availability of key health services. In these conditions, PHCs’ ability to provide safe patient-centered care and satisfy the population’s present health needs while limiting the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection is crucial.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, almost 600 healthcare professionals from the UAE, South Korea, and other countries exchanged knowledge and expertise on primary healthcare management.

Experts from the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Ambulatory Healthcare Services, which is part of the Seha network, Seoul National University Hospital, Samsung Medical Center, and Yonsei University College of Medicine presented at a virtual conference co-hosted by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company and the  Korean Health Industry Development Institute 

Dr. Farida Al Hosani, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center’s Infection Diseases Sector and the UAE’s official spokesperson for the health sector, said:”We shared our experiences in UAE and the success factor that enabled our country to be a great example in handling the pandemic, and applied proactive strategy aims to ensure maximum protection of the community.”

The conference served as an opportunity for healthcare experts to engage in beneficial talks and share information based on their experiences, according to Dr. Ghanem Ali Al Hassani, conference chairman and Seha’s group education and research director.

“Throughout our response to the pandemic, different systems and markets adopted different approaches – the time has now come to exchange our encounters and learnings. We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with KHIDI, which allows us to constantly learn from one another and work collectively towards strengthened medical and technical capabilities.”

The experts discussed the UAE’s public health emergency operations centres and Covid-19 pandemic management, as well as agility and collaboration in digital health responses during the pandemic, clinical characteristics and therapeutic options for the coronavirus, innovative strategies to prevent Covid-19 transmission in hospitals, patient-centered chronic disease care, and the UAE’s Covid-19 eradication programme.

“The management and deliverance of primary health care, whether or not related to the coronavirus, has been the epitome of the industry since the introduction of the pandemic. By collaborating with our counterparts in the UAE and sharing our perspectives and learnings, we are not only elevating our skill sets and capabilities, but we are also building two-way channels and long-term relationships that will benefit both the UAE’s and Korea’s healthcare systems for years to come,” said Dr. Haeng Shin Lee, co-chairman of the conference and director of KHIDI’s Department of Global Healthcare (Inbound) Bureau of Healthcare. 

Source: Khaleej times

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