Cypriot Health Minister underlines effects on mental health following COVID-19

Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela, underlined the effects on mental health which COVID-19 had on the people.

Speaking at the Global Mental Health Summit held in Rome, Hadjipantela said the pandemic affected health systems globally, challenging the mental health of people due to prolonged periods of isolation, the health measures, the financial repercussions and social stress. At the same time he also referred to the mental repercussions from the war in Ukraine.

The Health Minister underlined the path which states need to take to promptly diagnose mental health issues and effectively address them. He also referred to Cyprus’ goals for psychiatric restructuring as well as the actions which the Mental Health Services of the Republic undertake.

The minister also visited Instituto Superiore Di Sanita (Italian National Institute of Health) which is the main center for research, control and technical-scientific advice on public health in Italy with over 1800 people, including researchers, technicians and administrative staff, work daily with the aim of protecting the citizens’ health.

The Cypriot minister was informed on the institute’s work while ways to cooperate with the provision of expertise and know-how were explored, on the basis of the memorandum of understanding signed with the Italian Ministry of Health.


Source: Cyprus News Agency