Providing mental health and psychosocial support in typhoon affected areas
Dr Lyn Verona is the Chief of the Psychiatric Department in the EVRMC that covers Leyte and Samar, regions the typhoon hit hardest. Dr Verona explains that they see a minimum of 25 mental health cases a day. “There is a notable increase in new cases after Typhoon Yolanda. However, the overall total has decreased due to lack of access and people are still confused about where they can get medicine. So you can see that even the number of old patients have decreased due to inaccessibility.” The problem of availability and accessibility of mental health services warrants the provision of mental health care in Rural Health Units.