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Stigma associated with Covid-19 leads to concealing of cases, says medical expert

By EMN Updated: Sep 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Dr. K Akaho Sema briefs the participants on Sunday. (Photo courtesy: DIPR)

Dimapur, Sep. 14 (EMN): The stigma and discrimination associated with Covid-19 is leading people to conceal symptoms, hesitant in seeking medical care, not adhere to interventions like home quarantine, and ostracisation of healthcare workers and others involved in Covid-19 management, said Dr. K Akaho Sema, Dy. CMO, Zunheboto.

He was speaking at a one-day sensitisation meeting cum-anti stigma and discrimination on Covid-19 held on September 13 at Suruhoto block, Zunheboto, informed an update from the district media officer.

The doctor told the participants that Covid-19 is a public health emergency that is causing a stressful and a difficult time for everyone, and that stigma associated with Covid-19 is based on three main factors — lack of adequate information, fear of the disease, rumours and misinformation.

He urged them to be kind to each other and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Let’s support our family, friends, neighbours and frontline responders in the fight against Covid-19. We all have a role to play in protecting the physical and mental health of ourselves and others during the covid-19 outbreak. He said the only weapon to fight this disease is by wearing mask, proper hand washing and social distancing,” he was quoted as saying.

The deputy CMO urged the gathering to be appreciative and supportive. He also said that it is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. He went on to sought public co-operation, saying that the Covid-19 is “here to stay with us and we’ve to learn to live with it”.

Briefing the meeting, Dr. Nukshisangla Jamir, DPO (RCH &UIP), also acknowledged the community of Suruhoto for their active participation in combating the disease. She motivated and encouraged the participants, saying that Suruhuto is one of the best health service delivery performing blocks in the district.

Attended by the district administration, GBs, STH, church leaders and area leaders, the meeting was chaired by Vitoli, DPM.

By EMN Updated: Sep 14, 2020 8:04:25 pm