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Covid epidemic affects the mental health of health workers; Conclusion of ICMR study!

A report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that coronary heart disease affects the mental health of health workers. A study by the ICMR found that the working hours and intensity, the misconduct of people and the additional responsibilities of healthcare workers in which they had to adapt to the new protocol. All of this has had a psychological effect on the health of health workers.

In India, violence against healthcare workers has been reported in many parts of the country, forcing doctors and nurses to leave their workplaces, the study said. This has led to stress, anxiety, depression and sleep problems among health workers, the study said.

Fear of infection in the family

ICMR’s study focused on the challenges posed by major changes in the work culture of health workers. Many health workers were not ready for this change as only doctors and health care workers worked indefinitely to deal with sleep problems. At the same time, their eating habits deteriorated. Health workers were not getting meals on time due to the work pressure created by the epidemic. The study said that long-term separation from family and corona involvement in patient care have had an impact on health workers. Health workers feared that the family would become infected with coronary heart disease rather than become infected themselves.

The study was conducted in Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Noida (Uttar Pradesh), South Delhi, Pathanamthitta (Kerala), Kasaragod (Kerala), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Kamrup (Assam). And more than 967 in East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya). Of these, 54 per cent were women and 46 per cent were men. The participants were mainly in the age group of 20 to 40 years.

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