Dear Friends and Colleagues, Pediatric Surgeons around the world,
It has been a hard time since the outbreak of Coronavirus in late 2019. The rapidly spreading virus didn’t respect borders, race, or ethnicity. That is why we need to stand together, to learn from each other and to support each other.
The medical staff in different countries are on the front lines and they doing a heroic job at a very difficult time.
Several surgical associations have come up with guidelines regarding surgical operations, mainly, postponement of elective surgical operations, while urgent and oncology cases must continue. The use of social distancing is encouraged whenever possible, the use of social media and mobile technology to communicate with stable post-operative patients is encouraged. The WOFAPS is willing to collaborate with other international surgical associations for the exchange of updated information and guidelines.
The WOFAPS executive committee, with representatives from different continents, are following closely the lessons and experiences in different parts of the world, we recommend that pediatric surgeons will take the extreme necessary measures for personal protection to be able to help and protect others, and to educate the community with the updated information to limit the spread and morbidity of the virus.
We are sure that with dedication and extreme efforts of researchers and scientists all over the world., working day and night, a drug and vaccine will be available, and the pandemic will be under control soon.