• Stress debriefing for typhoon victims

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    ILOILO CITY: The Department of Health 6 (DOH-6) will place 543,235 families under psychosocial processing as aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    DOH-6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar said their target beneficiaries are both typhoon victims who are temporarily staying in 580 identified evacuation centers in Western Visayas and those who sought temporary shelter with their relatives and neighbors which are under the master list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6).

    DSWD-6’s record shows as of November 19 that there are about 37,256 families or 188,770 individuals temporarily staying at the different evacuation centers while 505,979 families or 2,365,588 individuals are outside the evacuation centers.

    Convocar said to be more effective, the DOH-6 will be tapping the help of public teachers in the conduct of stress management or debriefing.

    She said they have done the same process in Bohol during the recent earthquake and she is sure that this practice is also applicable here in the region particularly in four hardly-hit provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique.

    In fact, Convocar said they have already trained several teachers in Capiz last week and was scheduled to train teachers in Iloilo this week.

    The director said the stress debriefing will be under the closed supervision of the department which will be conducted either in schools or in evacuation centers.

    Stress debriefing is a process that prevents or limits the development of post-traumatic stress in people exposed to critical incidents.

    Through this process, Convocar said typhoon victims could express their grievances and open up their emotional stress without limitations.

    PNA

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