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Time to bring emergency medicine to the limelight in developing countries to fight pandemics like SARS-CoV-2 effectively
  1. Abdus Salam Khan,
  2. Abdul Sattar
  1. Emergency Department, Shifa International Hospitals Ltd, Islamabad, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abdus Salam Khan, Emergency Department, Shifa International Hospitals Ltd, Islamabad, Pakistan; askhan65{at}

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This coronavirus pandemic has revealed the vulnerable spot in healthcare of both developing and developed countries. At the start of the pandemic and later, frontline doctors have faced the brunt of the disease. Most functions of hospitals were closed, and the majority of patients were coming to emergency departments across the country. This meant that emergency department staff were exposed to risk for which they were not trained. So far, a considerable number of doctors, nurses and paramedics have been affected by COVID-19. This situation has highlighted the importance of training for emergency doctors and nurses. Owing to exposure to this pandemic, these untrained doctors and nurses were at risk of burnout, anxiety and depression.

The number of affected people is steadily increasing and in …

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