The Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Keerthi Jalli, IAS, has launched the project “AASTHA” on Wednesday (8th July, 2020), which aims to provide psychological support to the quarantined inmates and the families of COVID-19 positive patients. The concept behind the initiative has been developed by the DPM, NHM Cachar, Rahul Ghose.
In a ceremonial program, held at Maharshi Vidya Mandir, Keerthi Jalli interacted with the inmates of the quarantine centre. In addition to that, she monitored their health and well-being. “Often the inmates of quarantine centers suffer from psychological issues like anxiety, stress etc. There are instances when people had become hostile in quarantine facilities. Moreover, the families of the patients face a similar kind of situation in their houses. Keeping all these in mind, we have decided to provide counselling support to them with the help of Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College and Hospital,” Jalli said.
Aastha has two prolonged approach:
- Community based approach through FLWs, by home visits.
- Facility based approach by a team of Psychiatrist, where one gets the opportunity of direct interpersonal communication.
According to the Administration, this initiative will be effective in removing the stigma associated with COVID. “With such open discussions, there is a hope for bringing forward the discussion on mental health issues and not shy away from talking about it as any other illness,” Keerthi Jalli added.