Covid-19 pandemic affecting psychological well being of hundreds of thousands: WHO

Geneva, August 28

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), mentioned that the continuing world Covid-19 pandemic has affected the psychological well being of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

“For many people, the lack of social interaction caused by the pandemic has had a profound effect on their mental health,” Tedros mentioned at a digital press briefing from Geneva on Thursday.

The WHO chief mentioned that individuals in long-term services reminiscent of care properties and psychiatric establishments are at an elevated threat of an infection, Xinhua information company reported.

He added that psychological well being professionals have themselves been contaminated with the virus, and a few psychological well being services have been closed to be transformed into remedy services for folks with Covid-19.

He recalled that psychological well being was already “a neglected health issue” globally earlier than the pandemic, with shut to at least one billion folks residing with a psychological dysfunction.

Yet comparatively few folks have entry to high quality psychological well being companies.

“In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75 per cent of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders receive no treatment for their condition at all,” Tedros famous.

He declared that for this yr’s World Mental Health Day, which falls on October 10, the WHO, along with its associate organizations, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, would name for an enormous scale-up in investments in psychological well being. IANS

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