Mumbai: The Centre has issued a comprehensive advisory on psychological issues among migrants during Covid 19 lockodown as they are prone to social, psychological and emotional trauma.

The Centre has asked states and UTs to identify the suspects of infection and adherence to protocols for management of such cases and putting up mechanism to enable them reach to the family through telephone, video calls and ensure their physical safety.

This is necessary as the immediate concerns faced by migrant workers relate to food, shelter, health care, fear of getting infected or spreading the infection, loss of wages, concerns about the family anxiety and fear. Sometimes, they also face harassment and negative reactions of the local community.

All this call for strong social protection, said the ministry of health in the advisory. The ministry said the every migrant should be treated with dignity, respect, empathy and compassion and listen to their concerns patiently and understand their problems.

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