A health worker is seen at the Ain Shams field hospital prepared to receive COVID-19 patients, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt June 15, 2020. (Reuters)
A coronavirus patient committed suicide at a hospital in Upper Egypt on Tuesday, a security source told Ahram Online.
The patient, 53, jumped out of a window on the third floor of the hospital in Qena governorate, the source said, explaining that the patient’s mental health had deteriorated after contracting the coronavirus.
In May, another middle-aged coronavirus patient jumped to his death from the fourth floor of Cairo’s Abbasiya pulmonology hospital, according to prosecutors.
An article published by the US National Library of Medicine in April warned of “COVID-19 suicides pandemic” due to the inability of people and society to deal with the situation.
Egypt’s General Secretariat of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment says it has trained dozens of mental health professionals to provide psychological support to coronavirus patients, their families and medical teams at isolation hospitals.
The Egyptian health ministry announced in May that it had devoted two hotlines to provide mental health support to citizens during the pandemic.
As of Monday, Egypt has confirmed 46,289 coronavirus cases and 1,672 deaths.