NEW DELHI, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti. Indian medical institutions are seeing an increase in the number of patients complaining of mental health problems due to coronavirus and have begun training specialists who can help them, said Basudeb Das, director of the Central Institute of Psychiatry.
India is in the second place in the world in the number of detected cases of coronavirus. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, a total of 10.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the country. At the same time, more than 10.6 million people have defeated the disease, about 139 thousand are continuing treatment, 156 thousand people have died from coronavirus and associated diseases.
“As we try to contain the new coronavirus, we must be prepared to confront the new pandemic caused by the mental health effects of COVID-19. Treatment for such cases could continue for the next several years even after vaccinations are completed,” Das told The Hindu.
He noted that symptoms such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma due to the death of friends and relatives are observed in two out of 10 patients.
The Central Institute of Psychiatry, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurology and the Regional Institute of Mental Health have begun training in India for doctors, nurses and social workers who can support people suffering from mental health problems after COVID-19. They have trained 175 professionals in the past few months, Das said.
“We have to think about both short-term and long-term solutions,” he said, adding that it is imperative to educate doctors and their associated staff to cope with the new problem.