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Psychological impacts

Sindh is the worst affected province in the country in the Covid-19 outbreak. Thankfully, the chief minister, Murad Ali Shah, has taken laudable steps towards isolation to stop it from spreading. However, he should think ahead on how to deal the shortcomings that have sprung up.

There are many quarantine facilities in Balochistan and Sindh, but they are not properly equipped. The people who were placed in isolation have complained about the health workers’ behaviour, while the health workers held a protest demonstration complaining of being ill-equipped. Many people –including myself– are willing to volunteer their services. The Sindh administration should avail this offer.

The Sindh government also needs to consider the psychological impact. Forced restriction of movement can cause psychological problems including anger, fear, annoyance, frustration, helplessness, guilt, isolation, sadness, etc,. The administration needs to work out work on multi-dimension solutions in this respect.

Fayyaz Salih Hussain