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Suez Canal blockage and its global impact on healthcare amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Kimberly G. Ramos1, Ian Christopher N. Rocha1, Trisha Denise D. Cedeño1, Ana Carla dos Santos Costa2, Shoaib Ahmad3, Mohammad Yasir Essar4, Christos Tsagkaris5
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2021.0026
Pubmed: 34212357
IMH 2021;72(2):145-146.
  1. School of Medicine, Centro Escolar University, Manila, Philippines
  2. Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  3. Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  4. Medical Research Centre, Kateb University, Kabul, Afghanistan
  5. Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

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IMH 2021;72(2):145-146.


Kimberly G. Ramos
Ian Christopher N. Rocha
Trisha Denise D. Cedeño
Ana Carla dos Santos Costa
Shoaib Ahmad
Mohammad Yasir Essar
Christos Tsagkaris

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