|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 54-55
Financial health burden and developing countries in COVID-19
Nafeesa Khader Syed1, Ruby Khan1, Fatma Ahmed2
1 Department of Finance and Banking, College of Business Administration, Jazan University, Jazan, KSA
2 Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
|Date of Submission||06-Feb-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||07-Feb-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||14-May-2021|
Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Syed NK, Khan R, Ahmed F. Financial health burden and developing countries in COVID-19. Dent Med Res 2021;9:54-5
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a newly identified single-stranded enveloped nonsegmented positive-sense β-coronavirus RNA virus. This novel virus with its origin in Wuhan has not only turned into a global pandemic but has also had a severe adverse toll on the global economy and financial markets.,, COVID-19 has affected >104 million as of February 2021 and has caused 2.2 million deaths. Thereby it has changed the dynamics of how the world functioned by having crippling lockdowns, cancellation of public transport, especially air travel industry. It appears that this pandemic will have a permanent seismic shift in the functioning of trade, travel, politics, and policies. Hence, it is estimated that it will require decades to estimate and understand both direct and indirect full financial cost of this pandemic.,
| Public Health Sector|| |
The health sector in countries across the economic spectrum had borne the brunt of this pandemic. Various mechanisms were put in place to cope with pandemic stress. Multiple guidelines were issued to explain the situation and organise the health sector in dealing with COVID-19 patients and other ailments in the pandemic situation.,, However, developing countries are susceptible to pandemic situations, especially like the current one. They have the most vulnerable weak health system capacity plagued with poor infrastructure, inadequate quality of care and inequal distribution of healthcare assets and access to health care. The governments should restructure their budgets and increase their expenditure on health care, rejuvenate investment and have a robust healthcare workforce as this pandemic has shown the catastrophic effects of neglecting healthcare.
| Private Health Sector|| |
The private health sector is fairly present in developing countries and its share of healthcare is growing., The private sector works under the guidelines and stewardship of the government. The private sector also is involved in supply chains of essential types of medical equipment, maintenance of hospitals, running of clinics, nursing homes and hospitals, provision of insurance, medical education as well as training., However, the effects of these government regulations and coordination efforts on the quality of private for-profit healthcare services is unknown.
The government in developing countries should work in tandem with the private health sector to improve public understanding of diseases, accelerate transparent policy-making and implement accountable tailor-made policies keeping an eye on the availability of resources and limitations. A seamless transition in health-sector should be built that takes the best of the government-sponsored public health sector and the private-owned private health sector.,
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