Ministry forms psychiatric team to counsel the traumatised

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  • Saturday, 01 Jan 2005

SUNGAI PETANI: The Health Ministry has formed psychiatric teams in the northern states to provide counselling to family members traumatised by the tragedy.  

“There are some who lost their wives and children in the tragedy. It is very difficult for them to cope with such a trauma,” Health Ministry parliamentary secretary Lee Kah Choon said after visiting victims at the hospital here yesterday. 

Lee said the health departments had also formed medical and public health teams.  

He said the medical teams focused on rescue efforts and emergency treatment while the public health team monitored the health of the survivors.  

Lee said the ministry was on the lookout for contagious diseases like typhoid and cholera. 

Hospital director Dr Harif Fadzillah said there were three family members – Radziah Abdullah, 57, her daughter Habsah Baharum, 33, and grandson Muhammad Umar Adani Johari, three – still warded at the Intensive Care Unit but said they were stable now. 

Four more, including two sisters, Mardiah Mahsuat, five, and Shahirah, four, would be discharged soon, he said. 

Lee urged people in and around the tsunami-hit areas to ensure that they ate and drank only cooked food and water. 

It was reported yesterday that six members of a family in Teluk Bahang, Penang had fallen ill after consuming sea bass that was washed ashore by the tsunami on Sunday.  

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