WONCA E-Update Friday 14th February 2020
Message from the President “The world is again facing the threat of a deadly infection. After the Ebola outbreaks in Africa, the World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus, spreading from Wuhan city of China since December, another Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). While health care systems are put to a tough test, it is also a critical moment that the roles and responsibilities of family doctors are recognised.
We need to emphasise and appreciate the functions of family doctors and the primary care teams in early case detection and public education during emergencies. General Practitioners all over China are now the front-line workers in emergency response and performing their duties under tremendous stress and working round the clock every day. We need to acknowledge their contributions and provide them with encouragement. At the link you will find a letter written by chair of the General Practice Branch of the Cross-Strait Medical and health Exchange Association (member organisation of WONCA) to all the general practitioners in China to encourage them and show appreciation. I welcome greetings and words of encouragement from all of you to our Chinese colleagues during such difficult time”.
Corona Virus: BJGP Article BJGP Open has recently published an article on Corona Virus. Authors include our current President, Dr Donald Li, and Immediate Past President, Professor Amanda Howe.
WONCA Featured Doctor: Asst Prof Nena KOPČAVAR GUČEK, Slovenia One of this month’s featured doctors is Nena Kopcavar Gucek of Slovenia, who is Co-Conv