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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 4547-4551

Redesigning routine antenatal care in low resource setting during COVID-19 pandemic


Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Archana Kumari
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_831_20

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Obstetric population because of its unique and varying needs specific for different gestations justifies for distinctive considerations in times of pandemic like COVID-19. Healthcare facilities providing obstetric care need to develop contingency plans for minimizing antenatal visits to limit exposure of both healthy pregnant women and care providers from ill people. However, to mitigate any potential adverse effects of reduced antenatal visits, intelligent and smart use of evolving telemedicine capabilities can provide the continuum of care despite overwhelming burden due to pandemic. A collaborative work-model involving health workers in the community and the regional levels of health centres also has the potential to prevent the catastrophic collapse of obstetric care services during any pandemic like COVID-19.


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