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Integrity during pandemic times: The case for flexible adamancy

Vijayaprasad Gopichandran

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.097


Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic has dominated people’s lives since late 2019, for more than nine months now. Healthcare resources and medicine have been completely consumed by the Covid 19 illness globally. This is a particularly difficult time for health systems because of the onerous responsibility to care for large numbers of sick people, protecting populations from contracting the infection by effective quarantine, isolation, and containment measures. In addition to this burden of work, healthcare providers are also overcome by fear of contracting the infection and transmitting it to their loved ones. It is during such difficult times that the integrity of healthcare providers is challenged. In this paper I will describe some challenges that a healthcare provider in a typical low resource setting faces during this pandemic time, and will propose the idea of “flexible adamancy” to address these challenges to the health system’s integrity.

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