Countries urged to focus on mental health as Covid-19 may never disappear

WHO emergencies Director Dr Mike Ryan and WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization has urged countries to look into providing mental health services as Coronavirus may never go away – By Prudence Wanza.

WHO emergencies Director Dr Mike Ryan, warned against trying to predict when the virus world disappear adding that even if a vaccine is found controlling the virus will require a massive effort.

The outbreak of the disease has had an enormous impact on the world economy with many countries imposing lockdowns among other measures.
This, health experts warn might have huge effects on mental health since people have literally stopped living normally.

“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” Dr Ryan said during a virtual press conference from Geneva
“HIV has not gone away, but we have come to terms with the virus.”
He said it is going to be difficult for anyone to predict when the disease will disappear.

The doctor said that there are currently more than 100 potential vaccines in development but still there are other illnesses such as measles that have not been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them.

The WHO Director-General has severally stated that fighting the virus will require a collective effort from all countries.

The UN has also warned that the pandemic is causing widespread distress and mental ill-health, especially in countries without efficient mental health care services. Therefore, there I need for countries to prioritize mental healthcare as part of their overall response to the pandemic.

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