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South Sudan to mobilize psychiatrists to counsel health workers dealing with COVID-19

South Sudan NEWS PORTAL (JUBA CITY)

FILE PHOTO: A member of South Sudanese Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team take a sample from a man who has recently been in contact with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Juba, South Sudan. (Photo by Alex McBride / AFP)

South Sudan said on Sunday it will mobilize psychiatrists to provide counseling to frontline health workers dealing with COVID-19 related stigma and fatigue.

Mayen Machut Achiek, undersecretary ministry of health, said that a team of psychiatrists is on the standby to help counsel frontline health workers and their families amid emotional stress linked to the pandemic.

“We have a team of psychiatrists and psychologists to counsel our workers and even go forward to counsel their families,” Achiek told reporters in Juba.

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The decision to hire therapists came after eight frontline health workers quit work citing stigma and pressure from their families.

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