COVID-19 preparedness within the surgical, obstetric and anesthetic ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa

The capacity to care for surgical and obstetric emergencies must be preserved. Many facilities have already postponed elective operations to conserve vital resources, but this approach is not as applicable as in high-income countries. Operations in the region are frequently for high-risk cancers or highly symptomatic patients, for which current guidance is not to postpone. The surgical burden is already high, and limitations on services will exacerbate waiting lists and sacrifice essential care.

COVID-19 preparedness within the surgical, obstetric and anesthetic ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa
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