By Christina Hermoso
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health, together with the Camillian Fathers, Caritas Manila, Unilab, the Manila archdiocese’s Health Care Ministry, and other agencies have formed a holistic health package for the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.
CBCP-ECH executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino said the package includes psychological first aid or stress debriefing to help the evacuees deal with their traumatic experience. Medical intervention will also be provided particularly to the elderly, children, and persons with special needs.
Food supplements and supplemental feeding will also be provided to prevent malnutrition among children.
“Spiritual nourishment is important to help the survivors cope with their difficult situation. It is important for them not to lose hope during times like these,” Cansino said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Health intervention is also important during a long- term crisis. We aim to provide the evacuees with nourishment for both the body and the spirit,” he added.
Part of the spiritual intervention are the holy masses held in evacuation centers that also include spiritual counseling. Trainings are also being conducted for volunteers who want to help provide psychological first aid.