EHS-COVID (389) Impact of COVID-19 on mental health of health workers (2)

8 June, 2021

Dear HIFA members,

Health workers of all categories (doctors, nurses, pharmacist, laboratory staff, paramedical staff, ambulance services, sanitation workers, medical supply chain professionals etc.) all were overburdened with work and their duty schedules. Fear of contagion and spread among their family members was rampant. Non COVID-19 issues include frustration and anger for their inability to treat or cure the patient, or say the patient is not responding to any treatment. Remuneration issues like less salary/ no salary for months has created a struggle to bear their own and family expenses. Sleepless nights, inner struggle and keeping the momentum to fight the invisible was not easy to handle.

Adding the voices of medical professional students whose exams were delayed or they are solely depending on online classes. Their career struggles are still unheard.

Frontline workers include persons who are involved in helping last rites of the deceased in the crematoriums, cemetery or others have one single Question ‘how many deaths will we see?’ Imagining their situation gives goosebumps!

Best regards,

Sanchika Gupta

HIFA Global CR Coordinator

HIFA profile: Dr Sanchika Gupta is an Indian healthcare specialist with eight years of experience as both clinician and public health programmer. She explored wide breadth of public health realm viz. family planning/reproductive health, maternal, adolescent and child health during her association with national and international NGOs namely INCLEN, MAMTA, Jhpiego and Pathfinder International. She acquired technical expertise in advocacy, program management, research, monitoring and evaluation throughout her fieldwork in eight Indian states (Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh). She is the nominee of ‘120 under 40: the new generation of family planning leaders’ in 2019. In the recent years, she has been associated with HIFA through its Social Media Working Group and EHS-COVID19 project. In 2021, HIFA nominated her as Global Country Representative Coordinator. Currently, she is based in New Delhi, India and is available on email id or Twitter @sanchika_gupta.