Healthcare challenges for people with diabetes during the national state of emergency due to covid-19 in lima, peru: Primary healthcare recommendations

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Pesantes M.A.
Lazo-Porras M.
Cárdenas M.K.
Diez-Canseco F.
Tanaka-Zafra J.H.
M.carrillo-Larco R.
Bernabé-Ortiz A.
Málaga G.
Miranda J.J.
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Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus, who then become infected with SARS-CoV-2, are at greater risk of developing complications from COVID-19, which may even lead to death. Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires continuous contact with healthcare facilities; therefore, this type of patients should have regular access to medicines, tests and appointments with healthcare personnel. In Peru, care and treatment continuity have been affected since the national state of emergency due to COVID-19 began; because many healthcare facilities suspended outpatient consultations. The strategies presented in this study were developed by different Peruvian health providers in the pandemic context to ensure care continuity for people with diabetes. This article provides recommendations to strengthen primary healthcare, because it is the first level of healthcare contact for patients with diabetes. © 2020, Instituto Nacional de Salud. All rights reserved.
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Primary Health Care (Source: MeSH NLM), Continuity of Care, COVID-19, Diabetes