ITS EITHER I CALL OR DIE

Dalitso Lungu
Posted August 6, 2021 from Zambia
Chola Lungu
`` Everyone needs to have access to a 24-hour service where they can call and get counselling, I think cooperates should invest in this kind of system we have enough counsellors, church leaders and people that can provide support.``

Numbers do not lie as the world still remains sceptical in the fight against the novel Corona Virus pandemic as it seems the battle will soon become a big mental health disaster.

In trying to seek health assistance experts encourage their clients who visit the clinics and hospitals to test for COVID-19 upon mention such is welcomed with mixed feelings.

While mortality rate per day is no longer been taken as a hoax in that funeral parlours panic in profit in fattening their returns at the expense of the bereaved negotiating for space to escort the deceased to their resting place as they wait for the return of the Lord.

Hence, Independent Communication Consultant Chola Lungu notes that having toll free line services will help to provide counselling for those who intend to test for COVID-19 and those who have been found positive preparing their minds with greater understanding.  

Ms Lungu hopes that for as long as the Ministry of Health with other stakeholders invest in such an initiative it will curb mental health issues that affect individuals.

Although the public service announcements are made consistently by the media while others dine and wine in ignorance without obeying the five golden rules the information gap remains enormous.

However, clearing off the myths and misconceptions that have been spread by uninformed individuals to average meaningful citizens in society has proved to be a psychological war that needs to be taken into account before the human population is alleviated without hope for descendants.

Taking a tour of the health centre, the reality on the ground is overwhelmed as patients hope to recover despite being placed in an intensive care unit in isolation.

In an exclusive interview, University Teaching Hospital Senior Medical Health Officer Dr Oliver Kaoma explains that the need for counselling must be taken into consideration in that the psychological effects of the testing that it has among those who are not well informed about the pandemic is huge especially to those who are found positive.

He emphasises the need for increased health education to the general public and the willingness for psychiatrists to offer counsel to those who intend to test for COVID. 

Meanwhile, some residents of Lusaka who have undergone a COVID-19 test before raise eyebrows often when they are attended to claiming of the effect and pain they experience afterwards.

But Dr Kaoma urges those who have other health conditions not to shun going for COVID-19 testing as a way to protect their lives.

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This story was submitted in response to #ShoutYourVision.

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Olutosin
Aug 06
Aug 06

We must be proactive and ready to assist with the issue of Covid-19. Africans must leave behind this stigmatisation of person affected. In Nigeria majority do not believe. That aside, many who are affected are ashamed because of stigmatisation. I just can't deal with this o.

Counselling services must be provided and it should not be treated like HIV that stigmatisation made many inffected people in Nigeria to remain silent and not seek help.

Yesterday I read one pastor who said that Covid-19 vaccine is the evidence of loss of being born again...once you take the vaccine...you lose salvation in Christ. Huh.

Dalitso Lungu
Aug 07
Aug 07

Indeed my sister this battle requires many hands to come together so that we may have one mind and goal.
Thank you for highlighting the situation in Nigeria.

megsmueller
Aug 08
Aug 08

Hello again Sir. Right now the world needs to adopt a collective attitude. Church doors should remain open for counselling. At every corner, every alley, counselling must be offered. I agree with Doctor Oliver!

Dalitso Lungu
Aug 09
Aug 09

Absolutely, better now than never.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 08
Aug 08

I sincerely hope that other countries can take a lesson from the USA. Our numbers have been for over a year the highest in the world with Covid 19 cases and deaths. Yet we have testing available and plenty of vaccine available. It took time, but everyone here can get both now, easily and readily. Yet we are surging and spiking again. We are a democracy with too many choices and mindsets. Health is affected by racial, political, economic and moral belief systems. Behavior is rampantly out of control. Some populations care about prevention and protocols. Some populations fight for the right for "no" protocols. But Black and Brown people are slated to die at higher rates. This is because of the systems in place and the people working essentially on the front lines of high contact. We are all over the place with issues. Mental illness, domestic violence, unemployment and homelessness rates are baffling. We are also on fire in the northern states during a raging pandemic. Exposing thousands to the elements with little assistance. We are leaders of the world with Covid 19. Now the variant. Don't do what we did. Learn from what we didn't do. Too little, too late. The saga continues...
Hugs...JoMarie

Dalitso Lungu
Aug 09
Aug 09

Wonderful word of caution comrade we all need to do our part in saving humanity.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 11
Aug 11

Because so many adults refused to comply with Covid 19 safety protocols and refused vaccinations, today 94,000 American children are sick with Covid19.