Monday, July 22, 2024

Ministry of Health Condemns Stigmatization of COVID-19 Patients

Share

ministry of health logoPress Release – Ministry of Health – August 10, 2020 – It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that many persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and as well as persons who may have been in contact with them are facing stigmatization and discriminated physically and emotionally, including through social media platforms.

The Ministry of Health recognizes that it is not only the virus that we must protect ourselves from but also fear, rumors, and stigmatization. The psychological damage caused by stigmatization may be greater than the physical symptoms experienced by the illness and it can have an impact even after recovery from those symptoms.

The Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health urges the public to:

  • Be supportive of those who have been diagnosed as positive. 
  • Do not mistreat or bully those who have been diagnosed but reassure them that they will recover. 
  • Inform yourself about this new disease through official local and international sources. 
  • Have a plan on where to go to seek help for physical and mental health and psychological support if required.

Everyone must do their part and become supportive of those who may have been affected by COVID-19.

Read more

 

Please help support Local Journalism in Belize

For the first time in the history of the island's community newspaper, The San Pedro Sun is appealing to their thousands of readers to help support the paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991 we have tirelessly provided vital local and national news. Now, more than ever, our community depends on us for trustworthy reporting, but our hard work comes with a cost. We need your support to keep delivering the news you rely on each and every day. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Please support us by making a contribution.

Local News