Missing MAS flight: Psychiatric support for family members of victims


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  • Saturday, 08 Mar 2014

PETALING JAYA: A mental health team under the Health Ministry are at the KL International Airport to provide their services to family members of those on the missing flight MH370. 

Deputy director-general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said a team of five psychiatrists were already at KLIA on Saturday evening, when the next of kin were asked to turn up.

“The team may operate not only at the airport, but at the hotel where the families will be put up tonight. Members of the team will work on a rotation basis, and will be replaced by a fresh team every six hours. 

“The operation involves all psychiatric departments in 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 to The Star on Saturday. 

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

The Welfare Department had also set up a team of 10 counsellors to provide counselling and moral support to the families of the passengers. 

Deputy director Zulkiply Ramly had said that the services would be available in the holding room in Anjung Tinjau, KLIA on Saturday.  

It would also be provided in 20 public universities around the country. 


 

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