Mar 23, 2021
The logistical challenge of opening a COVID-19 treatment centre in a developing country is enormous. There is a significant lack of resources such as PPE and essential drugs, as well as medical specialists and sophisticated technology. Khairil Musa reflects on a deployment to Yemen and how in a city with 1.8 million people, having access to only 7 ICU beds led to devastating consequences. During the height of the pandemic, the city recorded an 8 fold increase in the daily death rate. So how do we learn from this and provide a better outcome for the future? The bottom line is COVID needs a global response. Governments need a united approach, with adequate resources, infrastructure, and medical expertise. In times of uncertainty and tragedy, we need to remember our humility.
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