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Nepal health workers during Covid-19 battle more than just the virus

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workers across the globe have been under great pressure during the global Covid-19 pandemic as countries dealt with equipment shortages and limited facilities. In many regions, medical staff have been praised for their heroic efforts in continuous­ly taking care of overwhelmi­ng numbers of infected patients.

Yet, in some regions, health workers face social challenges and stigma for their medical work during the pandemic.

They do not only deal with hospital beds filling up with coronaviru­s cases and the fear of contractin­g the virus themselves, but risk the wellbeing of their own mental health. In countries where resources are particular­ly stretched, such as in Nepal, pressure comes from many directions.

Pratik Khanal is a public health profession­al who explains more, having recently co-authored a published study exploring the mental health impacts of Covid-19 on health workers in Nepal.

 ??  ?? Above: The study on mental health impacts among health workers received the best research award at the national summit organized by Nepal Health Research Council. © Kiran Paudel (study team member).
Above: The study on mental health impacts among health workers received the best research award at the national summit organized by Nepal Health Research Council. © Kiran Paudel (study team member).

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