A GREATER DANGER TO HEALTH WORKERS IN AFRICA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Emmanuel Tiyo Ayikobua, Keneth Iceland Kasozi, Fred Ssempijja, Ejike Daniel Eze, Nabirumbi Ritah, Josephine Kasolo, Nabusige Jean Brenda Gesa, Regan Mujinya, Ssimbwa Godfrey, Herbert Izo Ninsiima, Nandala Christopher , Edward Jjesero , Grace Nambuya, Okeniran Olatayo Segun, Ibe Micheal Usman , Imade Oluwatosin , Samuel Baker Obakiro, Fred Kirya, Mpango Richard and Echoru Isaac On-Going
The surges in suicide cases linked to the mental health of health workers working in the epicenters of the Novel Corona Virus COVID-19 have raised lots of concerns. The COVID-19 virus falls under a subset of 3 coronaviruses that have been in circulation for centuries. The COVID-19 virus was discovered in Wuhan city in china in November 2019 and has now spread to all continents. The African health care system is the least prepared and Africa has been
warned to prepare for tough times ahead. The health care system like any other in the world is the backbone for pandemic and endemic management. However, little attention is often paid to the mental health care of medical personnel. In the previous endemics, it is observed that medical personnel have reverted to endemic associated psychosocial stress-related symptoms like Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, alcoholism, smoking, antisocial behaviors, etc. Countless health workers have been lost to these symptoms. It becomes the inherent responsibility of everyone in the nation to ensure the protection of the different workers in the health sector. The protection
should be both psychological protection measures and physical protection measures.
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