What is it about?

It is about appropriate usage of health personnels in different medical specialities, particularly neurosurgery, to safeguard our healthcare team as well as have an appropriate number of people to tackle the pandemic.

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Why is it important?

Health care workers are the frontline people in this pandemic, and it is erstwhile important to safeguard them in order to tackle this difficult times.


The care of emergent cases and surgery requires 24-hour in-house coverage, which is usually provided by resident physicians at most centers. However, with the limited COVID-19 testing, resources, and health personnel in most developing countries, what is of utmost importance in these places is the safety and conservation of human resources to cater to the demand when needed. Hence, we are strongly in favor of dividing the duties of neurosurgeons into nonoverlapping teams. All the different units and subspecialties should be merged into a single unit including trauma. Two nonoverlapping teams and a reserve team of consultants can be made. The teams should not have any overlapping time. Each team rotates in 6-day cycles, from Monday to Saturday; that is, each team covers 6 days and then has 6 days off. Sunday will be covered by a reserve team led by a single consultant only.

Ahmed Ansari
Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Letter to the Editor. Utilization of health personnel in developing countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2020, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG),
DOI: 10.3171/2020.4.jns201247.
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