While the Health Department remains geared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic (including a possible second wave of infections), it wants to scale up essential health services in a balanced manner.
When comparing April 2020 to April 2019, 68% less persons visited primary health care facilities in the Metro and 37% in the Rural Areas. There has also been a 51% reduction in elective surgical procedures in the Metro and 42% in the Rural areas.
The Department is particularly concerned about a reduction in essential and basic primary healthcare services including immunisations and TB screenings.
Chronic disease management (Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.), HIV and TB management, Child and Women’s health (including immunizations) have seen significant reduction in uptake and will be scaled up systematically.
A systematic scale-up of elective surgery is being planned at many hospitals, as possible.
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