Where are the patients?

In continued signs of progress, new Covid-19 admissions are trending downward and at least 70% of all positive Covid-19 Patients are asymptomatic. From a strategic approach point of view, Is this the right time for hospitals to start exploring how to restart elective surgery and planned Consultants visits?

As we re-strategize and review of facility for patient safety, a new looming challenge has also emerged in Kenya, that emergency department presentations have dropped between 20-50%. Are patients finding appropriate alternatives to manage their conditions or are they delaying care with potential serious consequences? Or are the healthcare consultants running away from the facilities in fear of infection?

I am waiting to see if anyone can fully quantify the nature and size of that hidden demand. But, at minimum, it moves us into a stage where health systems need to be able to treat Covid patients, resume planned interactions, and redouble work to minimize avoidable escalations in clinical conditions—all at the same time.

Aquinius Mung’atia, Currently Head of Projects & Security, and a strategy enthusiast at Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa in Kenya.

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Aquinius Mung’atia is the Head of Projects at Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa, and was previously the General Manager of Muthaiga Golf Club and Sigona Golf Clubs, respectively. He is an expert in Strategic Management with over 20 years of experience in both hospitality and healthcare Industry. My Career path boast of extensive training and consultancy experience in Hospitality Industry, Hospital Support Services and Operations, Healthcare Projects and Facility Management, among others. The author is currently a PhD student in Business Administration and holder of MBA in strategic Management (University of Nairobi) and a 1st class honors degree in Hotel and Institution Management (Maseno University) Aquinius is also a healthcare insight and a data analytic enthusiast. Follow him on https://www.linkedin.com/in/aquinius-mungatia or Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/significantinsights/

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