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More Than 121,000 Medically Assisted

More Than 121,000  Medically Assisted
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate,
April 28
10:44 2016

Most of the assistance involved psychological First Aid, just talking to people: Usamate.


More than 121,500 people received medical consultations after Tropical Cyclone Winston, Minister for Health Jone Usamate told Parliament on Tuesday.

He also said around 11,246 had received some form of psychological support or assistance.

“Most of the psychological support involved psychological First Aid, just talking to people, identifying and giving them an opportunity to sound their fears.

“We are very familiar with the effects of TC Winston; it is probably the second strongest hurricane to ever hit in the world; the impact on health sector is widespread,” he said.

Mr Usamate further said around $5.4million dollars worth of medical supplies was donated to the ministry from various international organisations after the cyclone.

“We are very thankful that as a result of this cyclone, a lot of our friends came on board to help us out.

“We had a lot of assistance from Australia and New Zealand; some of it is sitting in our warehouses and others have been distributed to various parts of the country.

“There have been $5.8million worth of supplies pledged and $5.4million of that amount has been received,” he said.

Mr Usamate said they were now focusing on the reconstruction of medical facilities damaged by TC Winston.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti.



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