Strong steps need to be taken in collapsed mental health services in India in this pandemic.
The cases of Covid-19 are decreasing in India. In the second wave of the epidemic, about 20 million people were officially infected. The actual number would have been many times higher than this.
Most people make a full recovery after Covid-19. But about a quarter of patients have some symptoms for four weeks and one in 10 patients for three months. This is called post-covid. Some patients may have symptoms even after 12 weeks, that condition is called long-covid.
Everyone who has recovered from COVID should have better control over pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, sugar, and cardiovascular diseases. Those who had COVID-19 should get vaccinated three months after recovery.
The second wave of COVID-19 has affected people and families mentally as well. People have lost loved ones and faced challenges. It has spoiled his mental health. Therefore, the need and demand for mental health services will increase in the times to come.
We need to pay special attention to these emerging health challenges. Governments should ensure the availability of post/long COVID and mental health services, both in urban and rural areas. Apart from Covid, other health services were affected in the Kovid-19 wave, it is time to restart them.
There is also an economic aspect to the Covid pandemic. In the second wave, people spent thousands of rupees on the disease. People lost their savings, took loans, and mortgaged things. The poor became financially weaker.
Governments should provide financial assistance to all such families. The COVID-19 pandemic has once again taught us that illness has not only physical but also mental and social (economic) effects. Strengthening government health services can save all of this.