The Minister of Health of the Government of Navarra, Santos Indurain, has pointed out that since the beginning of the pandemic “concrete interventions by the Occupational Risk Prevention Service” to address the emotional impact that the attention of the Covid-19 in health professionals.
Thus, Induráin explained, in response to a question from Podemos in the plenary session of the Navarre Parliament, that “in 2020 and 2021 resources have been allocated within a care plan for the emotional health of workers in the Navarro Health Service with the idea of facilitating support mechanisms for the management and control of these situations of high emotional impact generated by the health crisis”.
The councilor pointed out that “a first line of action was to launch a series of groups of Psychological Support especially in Pamplona and Estella, to reduce the emotional overload derived from the work associated with the Covid-19“.
Self-care workshops have also been promoted for health professionals in pandemic time. It is a virtual classroom with training resources and guidelines dedicated to increasing emotional well-being.
In parallel, last year the telephone of Psychological attention of professionals and individual attention has also been offered by the Occupational Risk Prevention Service, which “has two psychologists and who have been providing support to professionals who have requested it,” explained Induráin.
In addition, in October 2020 and 2021, a online survey about the emotional overload of health professionals and the results are being assessed to launch new resources.
The spokesperson for Podemos, Mikel Bull, stated that “it is clear that there are actions to take care of the emotional well-being of health professionals”. “Different mechanisms have been generated, support groups, training, hotlines, we have psychology professionals attending”, he assessed, but he wondered “if all these resources are going to be enough for what is coming, because we are with a explosion and a change in the way of dealing with the pandemic, and we are in the middle of the sixth wave that has caused even greater discomfort at this time”.