1024px-COVID-19_Outbreak_World_Map.svg_Following the second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, the novel Corona virus or COVID-19 outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This has negatively impacted the global economy and global travel, with growing concerns for preparedness of health systems worldwide and its impact on health outcomes. This commentary shines a light on the health workforce who are the first responders and often the victims of weak health systems.

Health workers – the first line of defence against epidemics.

Primary care doctors have a crucial role to play in protecting the community as COVID-19 spreads through countries. …..more