Yesterday, a kitted out mobile clinic in Marche began providing a psychological support service for health workers, former Covid-19 patients and families of people still fighting the disease. All thanks to an agreement signed by EMERGENCY and ASUR March Area Vasta 3, to set up a point for psychological support at the Covid-19 hospital in Camerino.
As of yesterday EMERGENCY’s staff are hard at work in the little car park in front of the hospital, out of our very own Polibus, the mobile clinic. They provide psychological support and health education for medical staff, as well as people who’ve been cured of the disease and families of current Covid-19 patients.
Anyone with a relative in hospital can also learn rules to follow day to day to minimise their risk of contagion.
The on-site team will be trained by nurses, logicians and psychotherapists trained to manage emergencies and who specialise in dealing with psychological damage.
‘Losing a member of your family to Covid-19 or finding yourself in hospital, on the front line of the pandemic, are experiences that could leave deep psychological scars,’ says Laura Serri, EMERGENCY’s Psychological Coordinator. ‘That’s why EMERGENCY, which was already providing psychological support and nursing services in Central Italy after the earthquake in the provinces of Macerata, Teramo and L’Aquila in 2016, has decided to be there for the people fighting the virus every day.’
The service will be free of charge and open to all, in keeping with the values that have defined EMERGENCY’s work for the last 26 years, in which it has given people the right to free, fair, high-quality healthcare.
The project joins the list of those EMERGENCY has been working on in collaboration with local authorities since the Covid-19 crisis broke out, which include delivering food to people at risk, running the intensive care at the field hospital set up at the Fiera in Bergamo, and giving healthcare to vulnerable groups, like migrants and poor and homeless people, in deprived parts of the country.