Essential Health Services for Children and Covid-19 (3)

3 November, 2020

Good day Evelyn,

Many thanks for sharing your experiences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with us and for your positive outlook. It is certainly helpful to know that the general public have been provided with health care messages and education to help them make healthcare decisions that will help to keep their families healthy and hopefully reduce the disease burden on the healthcare system and make the work of the frontline workers  a little easier.   

Has the telemedicine network made any kind of impact on the delivery of essential services in Rio de Janeiro especially for children and newborns? OR for Pregnant mothers? 

I am sure that politicising the responses to the Covid-19 pandemic is a recurring decimal in many countries of the world, however the public health system has sometimes been able to look for creative ways to ensure the provision of essential services continues even at a higher risk and that's why we celebrate our frontline workers all over the world. Are there any new developments that you have seen that you can share with us, particularly with how the communities have influenced child health services? Maybe increased use of non formal healthcare providers as is happening in Nigeria especially in communities that have weak healthcare provisions.

Thank you once again for your contributions.

Regards,Dr Ranti Ekpo  MD;PhD

CHIFA Profile: Ranti Ekpo is Program Manager/Researcher at thedevelopment Research and Projects Center

in Nigeria. Professional interests: Health Advocacy, Child Health, Child diarrhoea, Childhood Pneumonia, Child Nutrition, Routine Immunisation, Family Planning.

email: ekpooy AT