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Experts Want Mental Health Status of Medical Workers Treating Covid-19 Assessed

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Mental health experts say it’s important that health workers are tested for their mental readiness to work in COVID-19 treatment units.

Since the outbreak, Gulu regional referral hospital has treated 74 Covid-19 patients out of which 43 have been discharged.

Speaking during a meeting held by the Makerere University School of Public Health, Entebbe Grade B hospital Director Dr Moses Muwanga says they are working on a periodical assessment of their health workers for alertness as a small error could end up infecting a whole lot of health workers.

He adds that before the 23 health workers tested positive for COVID-19 were announced, they had been not allowing health workers with anxiety disorders in the ward.

However, even as 23 health workers have tested positive, it’s not clear whether they got the virus from the hospital in line of duty or the community.

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