Second covid-19 patient commits suicide in Egypt
London, June 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A coronavirus patient has reportedly committed suicide at a hospital in Upper Egypt on Tuesday, a security source told Ahram Online.
The 53 year old patient was said to have jumped out of a window on the third floor of the hospital in Qena governorate
The report noted that the patient’s mental health had deteriorated after contracting the coronavirus.
This is the second covid-19 patient to commit suicide in Egypt. 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.
Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that it has detected 1,567 new cases of coronavirus in the country on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 47,856.
The ministry also reported 94 fatalities, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,766.
The ministry added that 401 patients have fully recovered and were discharged from quarantine hospitals and facilities, bringing the total number of fully recovered patients nationwide to 12,730.
Earlier Tuesday, the health ministry announced an 97-years-old Egyptian elderly “Mrs. Fathia” was fully recovered and discharged from quarantine hospital in Sharkia. She is considered the oldest woman in Egypt to have fully recovered and discharged from hospital.
The Health ministry also revealed that the number of patients whose PCR test results have turned from positive to negative, including complete recoveries, has now reached 14,144.