Hospitals Gear up for Post-Election Stress Disorder: Health Ministry
Date 17 April 2019
Ministry of Health pays a serious attention to the handling of post-election stress disorder that may befall legislative candidates who might experience stress after failing to secure seats in the election.
To that end, Director of Prevention and Control of Mental and Drug Health Problems of Ministry of Health Fidiansjah said that, all hospitals have been given directions to prepare and even collect data related to mental health disorders.
Fidiansjah went on to say that that the causes of stress and depression for each individual are unpredictable, adding that when expectation is not met and at the same time ones body resistance is fragile, it couldlead to stress.The principle is that one must be ready to lose or win. So, be ready to deal with it, he said.
According to Fidiansjah, legislative candidates must submit health certificate as one of the prerequisites before running in the election. However, he added, post-election stress is seen as an unusual event or analogous to unpredictable natural disasters.
Fidiansjahalso asserted that health sector remains alert to serve patients with mental health disorders.Public hospitals, community health center (Puskesmas) are also empowered to serve stress patients,” he said. (Ministry of Health Public Service and Communication Bureau/EN)
Translated by: Muhardi
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas