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Shrinks to help Andamans survivors

Govt is dispatching teams of psychiatrists to help tsunami survivors in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Port Blair
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2005 07:08 PM IST

Government is dispatching teams of psychiatrists to help the thousands of traumatised tsunami survivors in the ravaged Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the health department said on Tuesday.

"The  governemt is sending 10 teams of psychiatrists to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to address psycho-social issues in the wake of the tsunamis," a statement said.

Only one psychiatrist was stationed on the outlying cluster of tropical islands before the waves hit on December 26 washing away entire settlements.

Sunil Kumar said he was concerned as he would not be able to single-handedly deal with all those needing help at the only modern hospital in Port Blair.

"Right now they are in immediate shock and so small numbers are coming to me but once they start reliving their horror they will come in huge numbers," said the psychiatrist at the state-run GB Pant Hospital.

The psychiatrists being flown in are on top of 75 doctors including 29 public health specialists and 20 nurses sent to assist the local health authorities, the statement said.

It did not give an exact number of psychiatrists.

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