They request solutions to the impact of COVID-19 and mental health in Filipinos-OnlineBalita news

They request solutions to the impact of COVID-19 and mental health in Filipinos-OnlineBalita news
They request solutions to the impact of COVID-19 and mental health in Filipinos-OnlineBalita news

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go

BY NOEL GRANDMOTHER

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed concern about the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other mental health crises.

The senator called on the government to intensify its efforts to help those experiencing difficulties in life, in particular the provision of psychosocial services.

Go said the World Health Organization (WHO) first called on countries to invest in mental health after a report that only two percent of the national budget for national health and one percent of all international health aid goes to mental health.

According to the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, the government must explore all possibilities to extend the necessary guidance especially to families and the pandemic continues to affect not only the livelihood and physical health of Filipinos, but also their emotional and mental condition. .

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Go further highlighted the need to implement and enforce the purpose of the Mental Health Law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

Republic Law 11036 enshrines the establishment of a national mental health policy focused on improving the health of the entire population.

Go added that all Filipinos have a basic right to mental health care as they shape the challenges of achieving positive mental health.

“I urge PhilHealth to develop a more comprehensive mental health package that also includes consultation and other outpatient services as soon as possible. As long as it’s viable on PhilHealth’s part, coverage should include a much broader range of mental and behavioral conditions.”

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“I also call on the Department of Health to make its existing Mental Health Medication Access Program more accessible to the many Filipinos who need mental health medications. Although the National Mental Health Center in Mandaluyong City continues to serve mental health patients, we need to make this kind of government service available to more people across the country, especially in rural and remote areas,” dagdag pa nito .