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Saturday 22 January 2005

India: Three-tier counselling in Nagapattinam

A three-tier strategic plan for counselling and psychological care has been put in place in Nagapattinam, one of the worst affected districts in the December 26, 2004 tsunami.

The district administration has drawn on the experience of experts and officials to firm up the strategy, which includes providing immediate psychosocial support, identifying the most affected and training community- level volunteers to assist those in need.

At the grass roots, the trained community volunteers and primary health centre nurses look at the needs. If need be, trained medical personnel will step in. Again, if trauma is considerable, the affected will be referred to psychiatrists who have come from the NIMHANS, Bangalore, the Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, and the CMC, Vellore.

Read the Full Article at The Hindu
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