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Published: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 7:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 1:23:46 PM

Missing MAS flight: Psychiatrists available to help families

PETALING JAYA: A team of five psychiatrists are now stationed at the KL International Airport and nearby hotels to offer help to the family members of the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the members would also be stationed at the two hotels where the families have been put up.

"The psychiatrists will work on a rotation basis.

"They will be replaced by a fresh team every six hours," he said.

Dr Jeyaindran said the assistance involved staff from all psychiatric departments at the government hospitals in the Klang Valley.

"But only a few doctors are taken from each department as regular hospital services must not be interrupted," he said in a text message yesterday.

Dr Jeyaindran noted that the team was providing psychosocial and psychiatric support to the families without charge, and that the number of doctors would be rotated based on need.

"It is likely that more doctors will be needed once the fate of the missing flight is confirmed, but of course we are hoping only for the best," he added.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Welfare Department has also set up a team of 10 counsellors to provide counselling and moral support to the families.

Deputy department director Zulkiply Ramly said that the services would be available for the families in the holding room in Anjung Tinjau, KLIA by today.

"All our team members will be at the airport to give as much help as we can and our hearts go out to them," he said.

"If the need arises, we will also track down the family members and offer them counselling," he added.

Zulkiply said that the department would also offer similar services for the family members at 20 public universities around the country.

"It is so that they don’t need to make their way here (KLIA) to get help," he added.

Tags / Keywords: MAS flight, KL, Beijing, missing flight, MH370

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