In response to the increasing cases of Boko Haram attacks in the North-east region as well as other parts of the country, the federal government yesterday set up a Ministerial Committee for the Management of Victims with Trauma resulting from cases of Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the committee was constituted because of the current security challenges in the country and also, in realisation of the emotional and psychological trauma it has on the victims.
Chukwu stated that the constitution of the ministerial committee would help to bring succour to victims of insurgency.
He said the emotional and psychological management of victims of all recent hazards from bombing and kidnapping, particularly those likely to occur from the schoolgirls abducted in Borno State was imperative.
Also, the committee is made up of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists from 40 federal tertiary health institutions, traditional rulers, faith based organisations, National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), federal ministries of education, women affairs, youth and sports and non-governmental organisations working in the health sector.
“The committee is to determine the plethora of psychological disorders occasioned by the current challenges to include among others post traumatic disorders, depressive disorders, behavioral changes in children and obsessive compulsive disorders,” he said.
He added that the Standard Operating Guidelines and Intervention Strategies are being developed for the management of these cases.