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Stress debriefing urged for Nueva Ecija bus crash survivors

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Health workers on Friday (April 21) appealed for assistance from religious and other organizations to help efforts to provide social welfare services to the survivors of the bus crash in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

BATTERED – A Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel inspects what is left of a LeoMarick bus after it fell into a 100-foot-deep ravine in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, April 18, killing 31 passengers and leaving 46 others injured. (Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)

BATTERED – A Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) personnel inspects what is left of a LeoMarick bus after it fell into a 100-foot-deep ravine in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, April 18, killing 31 passengers and leaving 46 others injured. (Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)

“We are calling the assistance and help of benevolent individuals and groups to share their resources in any form such as food and other needs of the patients,” said Letty Puguon, acting administrative officer of the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital(NVPH) in Bambang town.

“They also need psychological, psycho-social and spiritual services from our religious sector and from those experts in stress debriefing situations,” she said.

“They are still coping with the tragedy and trauma that is why we need the assistance of other individuals to help them cope and recover from their trauma and tragedy,” said Puguon.

She said most of the patients have suffered concussions, hematoma and bruises in different parts of the body due to the bus fall on Tuesday.

Twelve survivors are still being treated at the NVPH with five from Nueva Vizcaya, four from Nueva Ecija and one each from the provinces of La Union, Isabela, and Tarlac, she said.

Puguon said Governor Carlos Padilla had instructed the NVPH to give full support and assistance to the victims still recuperating.

Officials of the Veterans Regional Hospital(VRH) in Bayombong town also said 29 patients still being treated as of this time.

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