Many countries were suffering from problems in the healthcare system in various forms, including the inability to finance, depreciated equipment, and poor technology used in hospitals.
Also, there were problems in covering all the country in terms of healthcare facilities, the necessary medical equipment, as well as the human capabilities of physicians and nurses.
But with the occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic, we discovered that there are weak healthcare systems in many countries and were tolerant of the pre-pandemic situation due to the lack of a crisis that reveals areas of weakness, their causes, and how to treat them
We also see that there are many countries suffering from a lack of oxygen tanks to treat coronavirus patients who suffer from respiratory failure and also coronavirus vaccines.
All this could be because many countries did not expect crises in this awful form.
We must now look at the healthcare system differently and learn how to evaluate the healthcare system based on a new era in which other crises or pandemics are likely.
In this article, we discuss how to identify the weak healthcare system so that we can begin to put our hands on potential problems and be able to treat them in the future to build a healthcare system that is more robust and sustainable and able to cross crises.
What Are the Most Important Characteristics of a Weak Healthcare System?
- The inability to conduct medical tests for all targeted people and in all places.
- Inability to separate viruses, analyze their nature and behavior, and determine their types.
- Unavailability of the required ceiling of bed capacity at the peak of the pandemics.
- Unavailability of fully equipped intensive care beds to the maximum extent expected at the peak of the pandemic.
- The lack of the required numbers of medical and paramedical staff trained to deal with pandemics and their changes.
- The shortage of medicines and vaccines for pandemics, chronic diseases, emergency medicine and accidents, and the lack of policies and mechanisms of medical supply and strategic stocks of them.
- The lack of oxygen for domestic uses in hospital facilities.
- Lack of protective equipment for providers and beneficiaries of medical services.
- The Lack of community medical outreach programs.
- The lack of home medical services, telemedicine, and quick help lines around the clock.
- The shortage in the provision of primary healthcare services and the provision of hospital services to treat other diseases and the accumulation of waiting lists.
- Unavailability or not updating of diagnostic, treatment and vaccine protocols, or non-standardization (randomized treatment)
- Non-application of health service quality, infection control and patient safety standards in healthcare facilities.
- The lack of medical research centers to follow up on clinical studies on diagnostic programs, treatments and vaccines.
- Lack of sectoral coordination to implement health recommendations for preventive measures.
- The inability to respond quickly to the developments of pandemics and to manage crises by scientific methods with the absence of psychological support.
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In the time of Pandemic or other crises, all possibilities and policies are harnessed for human health and the provision of vaccines to preserve peoples, safety and health.
These are only some important points to know the weak and fragile healthcare system, which may collapse at any moment in because of pandemics and their multiplicity of waves.