Trauma therapists in Iran’s quake-hit areas

IRNA – Four teams of psychoterapists have settled in Kermanshah hospitals to help earthquake trauma victims in western Iran, a health official said.

In the days following an earthquake, people need mental health aids besides accommodation, food and cloths, Head of Ministry of Health and Medical Education department for mental health Aki Asadi told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Twenty five more talking therapy practitioner teams will arrive in Kermanshah within days to offer psychotherapy, counselling and supervision services for anyone experiencing trauma as a result of the earthquake.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the western province of Kermanshah and the regions bordering Iraq on Nov 12. The quake was felt in some neighboring countries as well.

Based on the latest statistics, at least 436 people have been killed and over 10,000 injured in quake-stricken areas in Iran.