Coronavirus Pune: PMC to help its employees to battle psychological stress

ST Staff
Saturday, 30 May 2020

PMC has planned to start the stress management program for its employees as the coronavirus cases keep surging in the city.

Managing physical as well as mental health is the top priority for human beings today. Coronavirus has beset the human lives but as a blessing in disguise, people are prioritising health due to such circumstances.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated one novel step to help its employees in a fight against coronavirus. PMC has planned to start the stress management program for its employees as the coronavirus cases keep surging in the city.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has noticed stress on the employees and decided to start a stress management program. The priority in this program will be given to frontline warriors of the pandemic such as sanitation and healthcare workers. The team of the stress management council program includes psychiatrists and other medical experts. The program will be conducted in a zone-wise manner in phases. 

Dr Ramchandra Hankare, Health Chief of PMC, said that mental health is the utmost priority as many are working without leaves and are stressed. Many are also facing rejection from the family and society due to the stigma that they might carry the virus with them. Other medical experts of the PMC are also concerned about the mental health of the employees.

As the pandemic remains prevalent, employees under essential duties are working round the clock. They are putting all the efforts to give a tough fight in the COVID-19 battle.  But such difficult times are taking a toll on employees’ mental health.

The PPE kits are protecting them from physical dangerous but mental health remains vulnerable. According to the Mind Share Partners, a non-profit organization that works with institutions to help them in improving mental health resources claimed that more than 60 per cent of the workers say that their mental health affects productivity. Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that depression and anxiety cause $1 trillion per year to the global economy and due to pandemic this number may go much higher.

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