4,478 from a pool of 136,361 samples.
The COVID-19 pandemic has enormous health, socioeconomic, and psychological impact on the population. It is a threat to our population, not only because pf the morbidity and mortality it causes or the socio-economic distress, but also because of the insidious psychological results that result from the response actions against the pandemic.
Globally, the pandemic is associated with increasing daily infections, deaths, social disruptions, economic loss and anxiety, and uncertainty about the future which results in emotional strain and fear about contagion, health, safety, and livelihoods for the population.
The stigma associated with the disease is also a cause of psychological distress. Health care workers and frontline workers are at a high risk of stress and trauma-related disorder. Further, the containment measures such as stay at home, physical distancing, and restricted movement directives adversely affects the social and mental wellbeing of healthy individuals by inhibiting social interaction, social connectedness, and engagement in healthy lifestyles.
The Ministry of Health and various partners are continuing to take action to help Kenyans whose mental health and wellbeing is being affected by the pandemic, by providing mental health and psychosocial support strategies and measures which are critical in the short and long-term response to COVID-19 pandemic such as
- Prioritizing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
- MHPSS teams are providing mental health and psychological services to the general public, quarantine and hospitalized persons, health care workers, and high-risk vulnerable populations.
- Providing 24-hour access to tele-counseling services and psychological care via hotline numbers 1199 and 719
- Implementation of the presidential directive on Mental Health, and transformational of Mathare Mental Hospital into a SAGA or a parastatal to provide referral specialized care, training, and research in mental health.
In regard to this, the overall COVID-19 disease burden in the country is 4,478 from a pool of 136,361 samples.