Friday, August 11, 2017

30, 000 Marawi evacuees received psychological treatment from the government

Marawi evacuees in Lanao del Norte/ photo by Manila Bulletin (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - An official said last Friday that about 30, 000 residents in a battle-scarred Marawi City are receiving psychological services from the government.

Marawi residents were evacuated since the war between government forces and Maute group started in May.

Kristoffer James Purisima from the Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator for administration, admitted that a ‘few’ cases of mental issues were recorded among internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to the long-armed conflict in their city.

Purisima said that the government ensures to address the needs of the evacuees despite the on-going crisis in the besiege city of Marawi, which has a population of about 200, 000.

"Provision of mental health in psychological services for IDPs in Marawi City is ongoing. And services include psychosocial first aid, stress debriefing, psychiatric treatments to varying age groups," Purisima told the reporters.

"And to date, approximately 30,000 persons have availed of these services. Some of these are basic service” he added.

Military is still fighting the Islamic State-inspired (ISIS) Maute group that puts Marawi under besiege situation since President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao last May.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr said that fighting was becoming more intense as the military have reached the lairs of the terrorists’ leaders.

"We believe they’re still inside the battle area, and the reason why fighting has been intense is potentially, we have gone close to where they are hiding," Brig. Gen. Padilla said referring to Hapilon and Maute brothers.

According to Padilla, as the fight enters its 81st day last Friday, the battle claimed the lives of 552 Islamist gunmen, 128 government forces, and 45 civilians.