Gov’t ensures psychosocial services for displaced residents of Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) maintained there is no reason to be alarmed over the conditions of evacuees in Marawi City.

This is what the agency assured after receiving reports that some internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now suffering from mental health crisis.

IDPs have been staying outside their residences for almost three months because of the ongoing battle in Marawi City.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as a mental crisis, to be honest. Because a crisis is something that you cannot address or you are not addressing, or you do not recognize,” said Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration, Kristoffer James Purisima.

The official also said they are providing the necessary aid for the affected residents.

“And the provision of mental health and psychosocial services, including necessary medicines, are continuously being provided to our IDPs,” Purisima added.

Based on reports, approximately 30,000 IDPs have been given psychosocial services such as psychological first aid, stress debriefing, and psychiatric treatments.

However, the OCD has no particular number about how many are suffering from mental illness and needing higher level of medical intervention. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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