By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, Mar 5 (PIA-ICCC) – Around 30 young registered nurses here were tasked by the National Youth Commission (NYC) to conduct a four-month mental health and psychosocial intervention for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the evacuation centers and transitory sites.

The nurses, who are also residents of Marawi City, underwent a three-day training workshop and simulation drill in Cagayan de Oro City last month under the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) being implemented by NYC in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH)-10, Marawi City Health Office (CHO) and the city government.

In his first day working in the field, Muhammad Ibrahim explained the importance of MHPSS to Marawi IDPs.

“We have experienced a calamity. There are siege victims who were affected mentally and emotionally. The important thing is they can voice out their sentiments to us and release their tensions,” Ibrahim said.

For Ibrahim, who was assigned at Area 6 of Sagonsongan Transitory Site, he feels it very fulfilling to serve his fellow Meranaos and to contribute to the continuous recovery of Marawi.

MHPSS nurses with NYC, Marawi LGU and CHO-Marawi staff at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Bahay Pag-asa Phase 2, Barangay Mipaga, Marawi City. (Photo by Wilnard Bacelonia)

“Our goal here is to see people getting more positive as we can see changes in their community – slowly being not reliant on the government and can live prosperously on their own,” Ibrahim added.

Support and cooperation

Working closely with TFBM’s Subcommittee on Peace and Security and Subcommittee on Health and Social Services, the NYC has tapped the local government unit of Marawi in the selection of nurses, DOH-10 for the training and the CHO for the program supervision.

During their courtesy call on Mayor Majul Gandamra, the city mayor thanked the registered nurses for choosing to serve their own hometown.

“Conducting psychosocial intervention especially with our IDPs is not an easy task. I am thanking our nurses and I am also hoping that they will continue their commitment to serving their neighbors,” Gandamra said.

MHPSS nurses and NYC staff on a courtesy call with Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra. (Photo by Wilnard Bacelonia)

Gandamra also thanked TFBM and NYC for showing their commitment to Marawi rehabilitation and recovery.

“This a very important initiative. With TFBM and NYC, we are able to deploy our nurses and this is a very big help for us,” the mayor added.

CHO-Marawi and the nurses are not only providing psychosocial services but they are also attending to the displaced individuals’ minor medical needs. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)