Imphal: In a move to address the prevailing healthcare crisis which can create a long term psychological impact, especially the frontline workers and those infected with the virus staying at isolation facilities, Manipur government has constituted a dedicated team of psychological experts to address the distressed issues.
According to additional health director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang, the team will provide tele-counselling while maintaining the confidentiality of the patient or caller.
It is possible for anyone to face mental stress or psychological issues, especially during this difficult times, he said.
Anyone may avail of the free counselling service by calling the mobile numbers: 8787457035, 9402751364 and 7629943596.
Earlier, the health department had also initiated and set up a 24X7 toll free helpline number — 1800-345-3818 — for psychological help and counselling during the pandemic.
The helpline is to address the distress call, especially those people at quarantine centres and under depression.
Isolation and loneliness during quarantine can assert long-lasting negative consequences on physical and mental well-being resulting to depressive symptoms, lower immunity and impaired executive functions, etc, Dr Mangang said.
On Sunday, a 21-year-old girl from Imphal East district was found dead on her last day of home quarantine period. The girl, who returned home from Chandigarh due to pandemic, was undergoing home quarantine after she recovered from the virus on June 14.
Meanwhile, seven fresh cases, from those returning from other states, were reported on Tuesday, of which four are from Senapati and one each from Bishnupur, Imphal East and Kangpokpi districts.
Now, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 1,234 and active cases at 681.
The number of recovered patients has increased to 553 with 59 more persons discharged from various COVID-19 Care facilities.
The recovery rate in Manipur is now at 44.81%, added Dr Mangang.