Main Article Content
Stress levels can be raised by psychosocial risks, which can lead to physical and mental health problems. Low motivation, exhaustion, anxiety, sadness, burnout, and suicidal ideation are all possible psychological responses. Malaysia has one of the highest COVID-19 immunisation rates in the world. Although this is a huge accomplishment, we must keep in mind that it adds to the taskforce's workload. Between January 2019 and May 2020, there were an average of two suicide deaths per day. The Royal Malaysia Police Force, on the other hand, reported that suicide rates had doubled in the first five months of 2021. A mass vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur was closed on August 6, 2021, after over 200 medical staff and volunteers tested positive for the coronavirus. Fear is rising among healthcare workers as a result of a previous occurrence like this, and the current emergence of the Delta strain of the Virus, and now the Omicron, can only alarm the healthcare family. According to a study conducted by American International Assurance (AIA Vitality), majority of Malaysian workforce unable to get enough sleep. One out of every ten Malaysian representatives is nervous or discouraged, with the majority of them being in their twenties and thirties. As is the case during a pandemic, healthcare workers are overworked. They must deal with the effects of public misconception, face stress from relatives, fear of contracting the obscure illness and becoming a carrier of the illness, and now seek protection from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and vaccinations to which they have adhered during vaccination programmes. Frontline workers' mental health issues, particularly burnout and fear, should be addressed by policymakers. Future national and organisational interventions must include providing adequate social support, building self-efficacy and resilience, and ensuring frontline work willingness.
Anadolu Agency. (2021). Suicide rising in Malaysia due to hardships amid coronavirus pandemic. AA News Broadcasting System (HAS). https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/suicide-rising-in-malaysia-due-to-hardships-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/2293079
Babulal, V. (2021). Outbreak at Shah Alam PPV now an official Covid-19 cluster. NST Online. https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/07/708961/outbreak-shah-alam-ppv-now-official-covid-19-cluster
Code, B. (2021). Malaysia Records Three Daily Suicides This Year Up to May. CodeBlue. https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2021/07/01/malaysia-records-three-daily-suicides-this-year-up-to-may/
Camoens, A. (2021). Covid-19: Seven new clusters detected, one linked to Seremban old folks home, others to workplaces. The Star. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/03/ 02/covid-19-seven-new-clusters-detected-one-linked-to-seremban-old-folks-home-others-to-workplaces
Eileen Ng Associated Press. (2021). Malaysia shuts vaccination center after 204 staff infected. ABC News. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/malaysia-shuts-vaccination-center-204-staff-infected-78813239
Haider, I. I., Tiwana, F., & Tahir, S. M. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult mental health. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4), S90.
ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, (2019). International Labour Organization. Retrieved August 7, 2021, from https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/mission-and-objectives/centenary-declaration/lang--en/index.htm
KiniGuide. (2021). A guide to when Malaysians can get vaccinated for Covid-19. Malaysiakini. https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/560529
Lamiani, G. (2021). Hospital Employees’ Well-Being Six Months after the COVID-19 Outbreak: Results from a Psychological Screening Program in Italy. MDPI.
Lee, J. (2021). Risk Perception, Unhealthy Behavior, and Anxiety Due to Viral Epidemic Among Healthcare Workers: The Relationships with Depressive and Insomnia Symptoms During COVID-19. PubMed.
Sánchez-Sánchez, E., García-Álvarez, J. N., García-Marín, E., Gutierrez-Serrano, M., Alférez, M. J. M., & Ramirez-Vargas, G. (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Nurses and Auxiliary Nursing Care Technicians—A Voluntary Online Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8310.
Ting, R. (2020). First coronavirus cases in Malaysia: 3 Chinese nationals confirmed infected, quarantined in Sungai Buloh Hospital. Borneo Post Online. https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/01/25/first-coronavirus-cases-in-malaysia-3-chinese-nationals-confirmed-infected-quarantined-in-sungai-buloh-hospital/
Vindrola-Padros, C. (2020). Perceptions and experiences of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. BMJ Open. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/11/e040503
World Mental Health Day: global leaders speak up. (2020). World Economic Forum. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/mental-health-quotes-prince-william-obama-ardern/
Zamzuri, M. A. I. A., Ibrahim, F. E., Reffien, M. A. M., Hanan, M. F. M., Dasani, M. H. M., Ali, N. K. M., Ghazi, H. F., & Hassan, M. R. (2020). Epidemiological Characteristics of COVID-19 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 8(T1), 471–475.
Zoey, L. (2021). More than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, record number of new clusters identified. CNA. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/covid-19-malaysia-icu-record-13th-straight-day-mco-lockdown-1836181.