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Coronavirus Update – Female Healthcare Under Threat

Female health care has quickly been facing a crisis since the outbreak of coronavirus. This is not because of the pandemic taking lives but because of the inaccessibility that has gripped the entire system.

Females require many facilities that require constant checkups like testing for cervical cancer. These ensure a healthy body. However, these service requiring in-person checkups have taken a big hit with the onset of the pandemic.

It needs to be understood why these services are not being made available. This points towards a deeper rot in the system. That’s why expert opinion is required on this particular subject.

Coronavirus Update - Female Healthcare Under Threat

HOW IS FEMALE HEALTHCARE FACING A CRISIS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?

Female health services have faced a consistent threat. This has pushed public health providers to push towards telemedicine options. However, female health needs like pap smears have still not left behind the need for personal treatment.

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Experts have highlighted this flaw. This is what Dr Deborah Money, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of British Columbia had to say.

“There are obviously things we have to do in person,” Money said.

“Somebody who is a post-menopausal woman who’s bleeding, who needs an assessment, an examination and a biopsy cannot be dealt with over the phone.”

Coronavirus Update - Female Healthcare Under Threat

She replied that Coronavirus has exacerbated these conditions.

“If women are struggling to access contraceptive care, or to have an IUD inserted, COVID is exacerbating that a little bit,” she said.

“We’re trying to make sure that people prioritize those kinds of visits as considered urgent and appropriate.”

There needs to be a certain arrangement where females are able to access these services through a special health care programme. That’s how we can deal with the crisis. This will lead to a better delivery of services at this particular moment.

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