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Job loss, financial distress, social stigma haunt COVID-19 patients in Assam

The issues came to light during a telepsychology volunteering programme -- 'Monon', which means mental well-being -- conducted by a team of doctors and counsellors of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the medical establishment's Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr Mythili Hazarika told PTI.

June 27, 2020 / 02:10 PM IST

COVID-19 patients in Assam are facing mental health problems over issues like job loss, financial distress, social stigma and delay in receiving test reports, a recent state government study has found.

The issues came to light during a telepsychology volunteering programme -- 'Monon', which means mental well-being -- conducted by a team of doctors and counsellors of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the medical establishment's Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr Mythili Hazarika told PTI.

The programme, an initiative of the National Health Mission, Assam, was launched on June 13 by state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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