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Committee established to help terror victims

17 June 2014, 21:28

Abuja - Government has constituted a ministerial committee to assist terror victims overcome trauma.

According to the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, the committee was constituted due to the subsequent emotional and psychological trauma to terror victims.

The Committee is made up of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists from forty Federal Tertiary Health Institutions, traditional leaders,
faith-based organisations, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as well as the Federal Ministries of Education, Women Affairs, Youth and Sports and Non-Governmental Organisations working in the health sector.

"The assignment of the Committee among others includes - the training of healthcare workers in psychological first aid; basic grief counselling and how to recognise symptoms of psychological instability. The Committee is to work with States and Local Governments while collaborating with non-governmental organisations already working in the affected states. The Standard Operating Guidelines and Intervention Strategies are being developed for the management of these cases," a statement from the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Health read.

The committee has meanwhile met and determined the plethora of psychological disorders occasioned by the current challenges to include among others: post-traumatic disorders, depressive disorders, behavioural changes in children and obsessive compulsive disorders.

- CAJ News


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