COVID-19 frontline workers are fighting a silent battle for their mental well-being. The Limpopo province has launched a psychological support hub for nurses and doctors to encourage them to talk about their experiences. eNCA reporter Tshegohaco Moagi has more. Courtesy #DStv403
POLOKWANE - COVID-19 frontline workers are fighting a silent battle for their mental well-being.
Recognising this, the Limpopo province launched a psychological support hub for nurses and doctors last week to encourage them to talk about their experiences.
It’s a daily challenge to cope with the pressure of their jobs and the anxiety.
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Doctors and nurses in this province are being reminded there are clinical psychologists on call whenever they need to talk.
Some nurses have been admitted to mental hospitals, unable to cope with the ongoing pressure.
But their colleagues say they have to continue with their duties and stay positive around patients.
"We treat them with happiness; we don’t frown our faces and show them we are afraid," said Damaris Chueu, acting operational nursing manager.
"When they see you in a uniform, people will say you are working with a COVID patient, don’t come near. This really frustrates us because we are here to help them.
"We don’t just put this uniform on to come to work and play. We are here for the public. When they see us, they should not be afraid of us," Chueu said.
For the frontline workers, it’s the little gestures of appreciation they value the most.
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