‘Tsunami of distress’: Covid-19 comes in wave upon wave for ...


‘Tsunami of distress’: Covid-19 comes in wave upon wave for health workers

While they have been commended for their resilience, burnout and depression could erode their work standards


Healthcare workers are facing a “tsunami” of distress and anxiety after a year of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

While most frontline workers are trained in mental health, experts say this training is largely biomedical. As a result, many of them are no better than the rest of the population at recognising and managing difficult situations.

UKZN associate professor Suvira Ramlall, head of psychiatry at King Dinuzulu Hospital in Durban, said many healthcare workers struggled to look inward and care for their mental health...

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