Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Almost Everybody in Gaza Needs Psychological Help

Qatar News Agency, January 28, 2009 - Almost everyone in the Gaza Strip needs psychological support following the recent Israeli offensive that left over 1360 martyrs and more than 5300 wounded, psychologist at the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Dr. Ma''amoun Mobayad said.

In a press conference held today, Dr. Mobayad confirmed that Gaza's children need intensive psychological treatment and support especially that they lack the ability of expressing their reactions and reasons behind what they went through. Over 30% of the Palestinian children are currently suffering from enuresis [bed-wetting], estimations showed, due to the three-week long Israeli offensive, he noted.

Other psychological problems such as insomnia and depression were also spread among the Gazans, while most people are celebrating victory or busy finding their properties, DR. Ma''moun said, adding that only 19 psychologists are serving a million and a half Palestinians in the Strip.

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