The World Health Organisation Zimbabwe country office and the Health and Child Care Ministry are training 47 health workers from Harare and Mashonaland East provinces in mental health management and psychosocial support to improve quality of care.
This training comes at the nick of time when apparently substance abuse is proving to be a menacing epidemic in the country with youths being the most affected.
“It’s #Day2 in Mazowe where @MoHCCZim Mental Health Department is training 47 health workers from Harare & Mashonaland East Provinces, on #COVID19 Mental Health & Psychosocial Support. This training of trainers workshop is part of efforts to decentralize #MentalHealth services,” the WHO Zimbabwe said in a tweet.
The training is part of the national special initiative for mental health.
“The health workers being trained have been drawn from all districts in Harare & Mashonaland East, to increase quality of #mentalhealth care at all levels of care. The programme is part of the implementation of the Special Initiative for Mental Health countrywide,” added the WHO.
Speaking at the ongoing training, Dr Fabian Musoro, the Mental Health Manager within the Health and Child Care Ministry said communication skills are important when dealing with mental health issues.
“Presentation skills are critical to communicating mental information when you’re training other health workers. Great skills will help with organized delivery of key messages,” he noted.