Although COVID-19 is a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis if actions are not taken.
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and can cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Isolation and quarantine can impact one’s mental well being.
Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says front liners and patients have recieved the necessary help.
Stress units are also at hospitals in the country to attend to those seeking help.
The ministry is collaborating with relevant stakeholders as well, in order to reach out to more people.
As part of its public health response, WHO has worked with partners to develop a set of new materials on the mental health and psycho social support aspects of COVID-19.