More than 200,000 people have been left homeless and injured after last week Tuesday’s massive explosion. Many have been left trapped in the debris of the aftermath that has led to turmoil in Lebanon where the government and the Prime Minister have resigned from the government.
With a death toll standing at 154, the situation in Beirut remains dire. Now the international relief aid organisation from South Africa, the Gift of the Givers, has contributed one-million-rand to relief efforts in Lebanon. Founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman explains that they could not dispatch a medical team- because health personnel are currently needed in South Africa to fight COVID-19
In other news, Veteran Tamil film producer V Swaminathan has died at a Chennai hospital on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, he was 67, read more here
The global lockdown has everyone’s mental health in a spin! Have you checked out our Mental Health resources by Indian Spice click here
The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm. If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further. Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. India Helplines: Aasra: 022 2754 6669; Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050 and Sanjivini: 011-24311918
Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis.
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