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Health dept deploys
psychosocial teams

The Department of Health is sending teams of professionals to help survivors of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the northern part of Negros Oriental.

DOH-7 regional director Susana Madarieta told a forum with information officers, that two types of teams will be sent to affected communities: the Water and Sanitation Team, which will assist the victims on sanitary measures to prevent diseases; and the Psychosocial Team, which will help in debriefing family victims for them to recover from the traumatic experience they had.

The Water and Sanitation team is composed of doctors and nurses from DOH-7 and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Madarieta said.

The medical team is still stationed in the areas to conduct consultations and provide medicines to those who are still in need.

The common illnesses that affect the patients in area are coughs and colds, fever, hypertension and headaches.

Madarieta also advised the people to boil or purify the water before drinking. They also distribute hydrosol solution to help purify drinking water in the evacuation centers and in the quake-hit areas.

The Cebu provincial health team will leave for NegOr anytime this week to give support to the earthquake victims. *PIA

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