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In war against virus, health workers battle stress issues

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Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 4

As the number of Covid cases continue to spike, frontline workers, mainly health officials, are physically and mentally exhausted.

The Health Department is facing a severe shortage of workforce. The staffers are thus putting in over 12 hours a day. ASHA workers, who are the foot soldiers in the fight against Covid-19, are the worst affected.

Sources say many workers are under extreme mental pressure. A medical officer says: "We are completely exhausted — mentally and physically. However, the mental stress is bothering us more. From contact tracing to shifting the patients to isolation wards in the middle of the night, we are doing it all. Amid all this, we have to make that sure we follow all the precautions to save ourselves from getting infected. We are running out of energy."

An ASHA worker, who has been a victim of abuse during contact tracing, says: "We have been working continuously for over three months now. There is no motivation. We are risking our lives for a meagre salary. It is becoming difficult with each passing day to maintain a balance between family and work."

An Ayurvedic medical officer, who has been actively performing Covid duty, says, "It is very demoralising when we see a health worker, who is out to save the people, himself gets infected with the virus. Though the government has announced an insurance of Rs 50 lakh for a health worker who dies while performing duty, there is no incentive for the frontline warriors." It has been learnt that health workers are told to perform yoga and meditation to keep mental stress at bay. The Health Department has been giving pep talks and motivational speeches to keep the morale of the health workers high.

Dept holds online yoga sessions

  • Health employees are being told to perform yoga and meditation to keep mental stress at bay. The Health Department has been giving pep talks and motivational speeches to keep the morale of the workers high.
  • Dr Avneet Kaur, Director, Health and Family Welfare, says the government is taking care of the workers. Last week, it organised an online session of the Art of Living, she says.


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