The government of Sindh has launched a tele-counselling service for the confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus patients to help them in coping with the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a launching ceremony, the CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah called on the helpline, which can be reached at 1093. The service, which has been started by the local government department of Sindh with the assistance of the health department, United Nations Children Fund, and United Nations Development Programme, is also available via the website covidpss.pk and a cellphone app.
As per a statement that was released previously, the local government Minister of Sindh Nasir Hussain Shah said that 25 psychiatrists and psychologists have been recruited for providing counselling to the people facing mental health issues while residing in self-isolation or at quarantine centres.
The Chief Minister said that it is the responsibility of the government to provide assistance to the sensitive people to ward off their fears and concerns and anxiety during the treatment of the deadly virus. He also said that this situation has left negative effects on human psychology, hence, counselling by experts would be a great assistance.
The minister also said that the service would help nearly 100,000 men, women and children whi would be provided help by the psychiatrists too as volunteer counsellors.
As per the mental health experts, the stress caused by the coronavirus epidemic can cause anxiety disorders like panic disorder, related anxiety disorder and phobias.
They also were of the beleif that the people genetically prone towards anxiety might be at highter risk than the general population.