DOH, DSWD to conduct stress debriefing in quake-stricken areas

Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2017 05:33 PM

BATANGAS- The Department of Health (DOH) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a stress debriefing to those who were displaced by the earthquake that recently struck Batangas province.

In a press briefing held at the Batangas Capitol Monday morning, DSWD Region 4A Assistant Director Annie Mendoza said they are now sending their social workers who will handle the psycho-social processing of the affected individuals.

"Meron po kasi tayong naririnig na mga biktima ng lindol na na ayaw nang magsibalik sa kanilang bahay dahil may phobia na sila sa lindol, lalo na ang mga bata," Mendoza said.

For DOH, stress debriefing or critical incident stress (CIS) debriefing will be conducted to the victims to avoid the post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mendoza said they will ask for additional funding to sustain their program.

"Napaka halaga po ang pangangalaga ng mental health ng ating kababayang dumaan sa disaster. Iipunin po namin sila at hahayaan po namin silang magsalaysay ng kanilang experience para mabawasan ang kanilang trauma," she said. 

Dr. Elizabeth Sario of DOH-Region 4A, likewise, said that they already sent three teams in Mabini, Bauan and Tingloy to conduct rapid health assessment and stress debriefing.

Psychological debriefing is a formal version of providing emotional and psychological support immediately following a traumatic event. The goal of psychological debriefing is to prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other negative sequelae. 

Most psychological debriefing interventions involve a single session which might last between one and three hours, in the days immediately following a traumatic event. The timing of the treatment, and the qualifications of the personnel who deliver psychological debriefing, varies; psychological debriefing is often provided in groups.