“It is not the lack of equipment or beds that is the main risk in a worsening pandemic, but the physical and mental exhaustion of healthcare staff.”, warns the director of the NGO, Francisco Flores.
For the director of ONG Mente Sana, the authorities must pay special attention to the staff responsible for this management.
“Practically civil servants were in the quarter all year round, without reducing their guard. But now it seems that the opportunities for vacation for next summer have disappeared. This can prove disastrous. “Without proper staff, there is no equipment or resources to use.”
Angiotic, chronic sleep disorders, night terrors, various sorrows, outbreaks of psychosomatic diseases, separation from close family ties, feelings of depersonalization, emotional lability, over-treatment, are one of the most common reasons for consultations experienced by health authorities today, during the long period of pandemic experienced by the country.
A situation that is extremely serious given the increase in KOVID cases across the country. This is how he said it Francisco Flores, psychologist and director of the NGO Mente Sana who warns that in case of a possible epidemic. “Health workers are not in the same condition as in March, but 10 months after the pandemic today they are above the limit of their possibilities and for fear of not top “It can be destabilizing for many of them.”
Given this scenario, along with caring for human health, the NGO Mente Sana calls on the authorities to put the mental health of healthcare professionals first.
“It is not the lack of equipment or beds as the main risk in a worsening pandemic, but the physical and mental exhaustion of healthcare staff.”, Alert Francisco Flores.
Along with the economic impact of the measures and the evaluation of the necessary equipment, for the director of the NGO Mente Sana, the authorities must take into account that “practically the officers were quartered during this year, without reducing their guard. But now it seems that the opportunities for vacation for next summer have disappeared. This can prove disastrous. “Without proper staff, there is no equipment or resources to use.”
All the medical and health professionals, as well as the administrative staff, have put effort into their physical and emotional capabilities, the consequences of which are not yet complete for their own health and emotional integrity, he explains. “However, he points out, they are TENSI (nurses), where at this point the maximum effort can be symbolized along with the minimum recognition. And that recently they had to take to the streets to demand to be included in the sanitary code. “The country has an urgent debt with all of them.”
Municipal care programs
Two years ago, the Health Directorate of the Municipality of El Bosque implemented a pilot program of unprecedented mental health care in the country, targeting all municipal health workers. Free initiative without session restrictions.
Responsible for psychologist Francisco Flores, he aims not only to listen to the problems of his employees or to quickly integrate them into their functions, but also to help them improve their quality of life while listening to their conflicts and sufferings, with confidence in care clinic.
Thus, in the context of the pandemic, Flores has shown how officials are above their capacity and fear that a new peak of infections could destabilize many of them. “This should be the main concern of the authorities,” he notes, along with permanent and easily accessible mental health programs., highlights
Meanwhile, for the program’s promoter, Health Director Cecilia Gonzalez, this was a successful initiative, as it allowed officials to have areas for help and support.
Along with this, various extensive workshops were held for all officials, from doctors to administrative staff. During this year alone, he points out, more than 50 officials have requested and had access to this program.