Gastroenterology practice in the COVID-19 era: Ghana Association for the Study of Liver and Digestive Diseases (GASLIDD) position statement

  • Yaw A. Awuku Department of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana
  • Afaa T Jibril Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  • Ansumana S. Bockarie School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Amoako Duah Department of Medicine, St. Dominic Hospital, Akwatia, Ghana
  • Kenneth Tachi Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  • Adwoa Agyei-Nkansah Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  • Mary Y. Afihene Department of Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Keywords: COVID-19, GASLIDD, gastroenterology practice, practice guidance

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted healthcare negatively across the globe. The practice of gastroenterology has been affected especially gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy which is considered high risk for transmission of the virus. As a community of practitioners there is the need to share information and make evidence-based statements to guide GI practice in Ghana. This GASLIDD position statement based on the growing and rapidly evolving body of knowledge is to provide up to date information on the COVID-19 disease and guidance for the practice of gastroenterology in Ghana and beyond. It is to help the GI community of practice to maintain the highest level of health delivery and safety for our patients, staff, community and GI practitioners.

Published
2020-12-31

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