PACMAT nurse Mary-Rose Muller with children from Mango Island
Tonga: NZ medical team notices signs of post-traumatic stress disorder
Mental health is a concern in Tonga, as the country's struggle to recover from the January volcanic eruption has been made even more difficult by the current Covid-19 restrictions. New Zealand's Pacific Medical Association says that people are starting to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption was a one-in-1000-year disaster. The resulting tsunami and ash cloud fallout have devastated the Kingdom. Waves up to 15 metres high destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out entire villages. Miraculously only three people were killed.
"They thought it was World War III" said Amanaki Misa, the Pacific Medical Association team leader currently stationed in Tonga.
A Kiwi medical team in Tonga is overwhelmed by the level of mental health support needed by those affected from the volcanic eruption and tsunami three months ago.
Premier Dalton Tagelagi says that Cabinet is very pleased with the work of the team from the Pacific Medical Association Medical Assistance from New Zealand.
The Pasifika Medical Association is looking for interested Pacific clinicians and health practitioners to join its medical assistance deployment to help fight the Omicron outbreak in Auckland.