Cyclone Fani aftermath: Naveen Patnaik govt conducts drives to address mental health condition of affected families

Last week, on the directions of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, two teams of doctors led by the Director of Mental Health Institute (MHI), Sarada Prasanna, visited various places in the state to identify the areas in dire need of mental health intervention.

Asian News International May 20, 2019 09:03:16 IST
Cyclone Fani aftermath: Naveen Patnaik govt conducts drives to address mental health condition of affected families
  • As part of the ongoing post-cyclone relief and restoration measures, the Odisha govt is addressing the mental health condition of those affected by Cyclone Fani

  • People have been badly affected by the destruction of their property, loss of livestock and casualties in the aftermath of the cyclone

  • The team observed that people who are severely affected are desperately seeking relief

Odisha: As part of the ongoing post-cyclone relief and restoration measures, the Odisha government is addressing the mental health condition of those affected by Cyclone Fani, which had battered the state on 3 May. People have been badly affected by the destruction of their property, loss of livestock and casualties in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Last week, on the directions of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, two teams of doctors led by the Director of Mental Health Institute (MHI), Sarada Prasanna, visited various places in the state to identify the areas in dire need of mental health intervention.

Cyclone Fani aftermath Naveen Patnaik govt conducts drives to address mental health condition of affected families

The aftermath of Cyclone Fani in Odisha. Manish Kumar/101Reporters

The teams consisting of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatric social workers visited Konark, Gop, Puri Sadar, Kanas, Bramhagiri and Satapada areas of the state, following which they discussed the matter in detail with the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of the respective places.  MHI will prepare a plan of intervention in accordance with the level of psychological trauma the cyclone has caused to the people in different areas of the state.

Professionals also found out that a lot of people in the affected areas whose houses have been destroyed are suffering from Adjustment Disorder (AD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Psychosocial support by the mental health professionals will address the issues of emotional trauma, rebuild human capacities, restore social cohesion and prevent adverse psychological and social consequences among the disaster-affected communities. Children, pregnant mothers, geriatric population and people suffering from mental illnesses have been affected severely.

The team observed that people who are severely affected are desperately seeking relief. It, however, pressed that restoration of mental health issues will only resolve after the restoration of their houses and maintenance of routine daily work. Over one crore sixty-five lakh people of the state have been adversely affected due to the cyclone.

The death toll in the state due to cyclone Fani touched 64 with Puri recording the maximum number of casualties at 39, according to official estimates released by the state government on 11 May. According to government data, livestock casualties are over 34 lakh.

Updated Date:

also read

DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation Akash Missile off Odisha coast
India

DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation Akash Missile off Odisha coast

The missile system has been developed by the Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories

CHSE Odisha 12th result 2021 declared for Science, Commerce streams at chseodisha.nic.in
India

CHSE Odisha 12th result 2021 declared for Science, Commerce streams at chseodisha.nic.in

The Council of Higher Secondary Education Odisha is yet to announce the date and time for the results of Class 12 Vocational and Arts streams subjects

Watch: Brave pet cat stops poisonous snake from entering  home in Odisha, clip goes viral
India

Watch: Brave pet cat stops poisonous snake from entering home in Odisha, clip goes viral

The cat guarded the home till the time animal control workers reached the place and transported the snake back to its natural habitat