By Sibusiso Dlamini | 2021-02-23
IN the times of a once in a lifetime pandemic, comedian Ndosh, who is a qualified psychologist, has volunteered his services at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital. This was announced by one of the comedian's close friends former basketball star Bongani Shiba, who further expressed appreciation to Ndosh for his kind gesture. "What you may not know is Ndosh is currently working at the RFM hospital as a psychologist. In COVID-19 times, where all may seem tough, Ndosh volunteered to work at the facility not only taking care of patients but also taking care of the care givers. Cheers to that," said Shiba. Other entertainers such as Speech Umlangeni and King Terry hailed Ndosh for the good work. Ndosh is not new to the promotion of mental health awareness in the country as he has also previously worked with Kwakha Indvodza, where he was a panelist on discussions about ending gender-based on violence in the country. The United Nations (UN) has in a recent policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health highlighted the need to urgently increase investment in services for medical health or risk massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is already extremely concerning,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “Social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment.” Reports already indicate an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in many countries. A study in Ethiopia in April 2020, reported a three-fold increase in the prevalence of symptoms of depression compared to estimates before the epidemic.
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