“Not the lack of equipment or beds are the main risk in the face of the worsening of the pandemic, but the physical and mental exhaustion of health personnel.”, Alerts the Director of the NGO, Francisco Flores.
For Director of the ONG Mente Sana, The authorities must have special consideration for the personnel in charge of the management.
Practically, the officials have been quartered throughout the year without lowering their guard. Now, the opportunities of rest regarding next summer seem to disappear. This can be devastating. Without adequate personnel, there is no equipment or resources to use, ”he says.
Pain, chronic sleep disorders, night terror, various grief, outbreaks of psychosomatic illnesses, separation from close family ties, feelings of depersonalization, emotional lability, over-medication, Are some of the most common reasons for consultations that health officials are experiencing today, during the long pandemic period.
Situation that is extremely serious if the increase in COVID cases across the country is taken into account. That’s how he made it known Francisco Flores, Psychologist and director of NGO Mente Sana, who warns that in a case of an eventual outbreak. “Health professionals are not in the same conditions as in March, but 10 months after the pandemic today they are beyond the limit of their capacities and with fear that a new Top Of contagions, it can be destabilizing for many of them. “
Against this scenario, together with care for the health of people, the NGO Mente Sana calls on the authorities to put the mental health of health workers in front.
“Not the lack of equipment or beds are the main risk in the face of the worsening of the pandemic, but the physical and mental exhaustion of health personnel.”, Francisco Flores Alert.
Together 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 “almost the officials have been quartered throughout the year, without lowering their guard. Now, “The opportunities for rest over next summer seem to be disappearing. This can be devastating. Without adequate personnel, there is no equipment or resources to use,” he says.
All medical and professional personnel, as well as administrative personnel, have undergone their physical and emotional possibilities, whose consequences are still not over for their health and emotional integrity, as he explains. “However, he points out, they are the tens (nursing technicians), where the maximum effort can be symbolized at this time together with the minimum recognition. And that lately they have to go on the streets to claim to be included in the sanitary code “The country has an urgent debt with all of them,” he added.
Urban care programs
With two years ago, the Health Directorate of the Municipality of Al Bosque implemented a pilot program of unprecedented mental health care in the country, aimed at all municipal health officials. A free initiative without session limits.
Managing the psychologist Francisco Flores, the aims not only to listen to the problems of his employees or to quickly reintegrate them into their functions, but to help them improve their quality of life together with listening to their conflict and suffering, with confidentiality In care. Clinic.
So, in the context of the pandemic, Flores has shown how officials are at the limit of their capacities and with fear that a new peak of infections could be destabilizing for many of them. “This should be the main concern of the authorities, he remarks, along with permanent and easily accessible mental health programs.”, Emphasizes.
Meanwhile, for the promoter of the program, the director of the Health Directorate, Cecilia Gonzalez, this has been a successful initiative, since it allowed officials to have spaces for help and support.
Along with this, there were various extensive workshops for all officials, from doctors to administrative staff. Only during this year, he points out, more than 50 officials have applied and have access to the program.