The impact of COVID-19 on care services in settings with under-resources health systems is likely to be substantial. Maternity services should continue to be prioritized as an essential core health service to the extent possible throughout the various transmission phases / scenarios of the COVID-19 outbreak within the Cox’s Bazaar district.
While pregnant women are not considered to be in the high-risk category for COVID-19, they are however, at increased risk of morbidity and mortality due to fear, stigma and declining access to skilled care due to diversion of resources. It is therefore essential that all health facilities continue to care for women seeking reproductive health services.
This document gives guidance for medical providers to understand the care of both healthy and COVID suspect or confirmed patients who present for antenatal (ANC), intrapartum (IP), postnatal (PNC), or emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) in the context of caring for the forcibly displaced Myanmar national (FDMN) / Rohingya refugee population.