Lessons from the frontlines: a junior doctor's experience of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in a resource-limited setting

Brabaharan Subhani, Dilushi Wijayaratne, Saroj Jayasinghe
2021 Medical Humanities  
COVID-19 has stressed healthcare systems across the globe. We present the experience of an intern medical officer working in a tertiary care hospital during the first wave of the pandemic in Sri Lanka. Her narrative describes how the stress of the pandemic brought into sharp focus the strengths and weaknesses in the health system. We suggest some strategies to improve our health services as the world faces the second wave and an uncertain future. These include structural changes in healthcare
more » ... rvices at institutional and national levels, focused educational programmes for healthcare professionals to impart generic skills of disaster management, and the development of telehealth services and computerisation of health systems. We believe that we must maintain this focus to ensure that our patients can be guaranteed quality healthcare in the future.
doi:10.1136/medhum-2020-012109 pmid:33972386 fatcat:4efhjstmc5cwjhddv4mf4cmcve