Doctor: Many people suffering from stress

FAMILY physician Dr. Hoa Van Nguyen said many people on Saipan are suffering from stress.

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Dr. Hoa was among the Guam Medical Association members who volunteered to serve at CHCC’s Dandan satellite clinic.

Aside from those with wound infections, gastroenteritis and coughing, some people complained of headache, inability to sleep and feeling tired all the time, he added.

“There is a need to provide psychological care to the people here,” he said.

He added that people living in a shelter or tent, or having no roof over their heads, no water and no power, “tend to feel uneasy and under a lot of stress.”

“We will probably see more of them for the next few weeks as recovery efforts go on,” Dr. Hoa said, adding that he has already seen up to 400 patients since they arrived on Saipan last week.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the health system is getting back to normal, but there are some areas that they still need to monitor — these include mental health.

“This is the crisis that we need to address. We are looking at some of the gaps that we can identify so we can get resources,” she added

After Typhoon Yutu hit the island, CHCC, through the Community Guidance Center, offered free counseling to community members.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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