Letters
Volume 49, Issue 6, June 2020

June correspondence


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Self-care of medical staff in primary care and COVID-19: A personal view from Thailand

We found the article ‘Self-care of medical staff in primary care: An issue that needs attention during the COVID-19 outbreak’ (AJGP 2020;49 Suppl 11) very interesting.1 Xu noted that ‘self-care is essential for primary care professionals who are at risk of COVID-19’.1 In fact, medical personnel are at risk of contracting COVID-19 during occupational work. The practitioner’s level of knowledge is one factor that affects their risk of COVID-19. In our experience, some medical personnel in a rural area of Thailand had limited knowledge of COVID-19;2 therefore, inappropriate self-care during the COVID-19 outbreak is possible. In addition, there are many external factors that can affect the health of medical staff in primary care during a disease outbreak. Lack of facilities is a common problem worldwide. Furthermore, the protection of staff from risk in primary care is an important issue. We should prioritise the safety of personnel rather than less important issues – such as promoting patient satisfaction, or paperwork to fulfil the hospital accreditation guidelines – without concern for the necessary adjustment to the difficult situation during the COVID-19 outbreak. In conclusion, both self-care awareness of medical staff in primary care and support for necessary facilities are important for containment of the present COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Sora Yasri
Senior Medical Scientist
and Private Consultant,
KMT Primary Care Center,
Bangkok, Thailand

Viroj Wiwanitkit
Honorary Professor,
Dr DY Patil University,
Pune, India

References
  1. Xu Z. Self-care of medical staff in primary care: An issue that needs attention during the COVID-19 outbreak. Aust J Gen Pract 2020;49 Suppl 11. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-COVID-11. [Epub ahead of print] Search PubMed
  2. Apaijitt P, Wiwanitkit V. Knowledge of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by medical personnel in a rural area of Thailand: An observation. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2020;22:14. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.159. [Epub ahead of print] Search PubMed

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