Asylum crisis – Medecins du Monde offers psychological support to asylum seekers in Parc Maximilien
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    Asylum crisis – Medecins du Monde offers psychological support to asylum seekers in Parc Maximilien

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    Medecins du Monde is currently in charge of sanitary and medical conditions in Brussels’ Parc Maximilien. They are also offering psychological support to the refugees. A team of qualified psychologists is on site, and 5 to 6 refugees ask for psychological support every day, revealed Jonathan Hardenne, press secretary for Medecins du Monde, on Tuesday.

    “The patients we see usually come from war zones. Many have been traumatised by the violence,” explains Sofie Manantsoa, medical coordinator for Medecins du Monde’s Belgian projects. “There is a 5-year-old boy who cries every time he hears a plane, because he thinks bombs are about to fall…”

    Medecins du Monde’s medical teams, on site 24/7 over the past few weeks, see between 150 and 200 patients a day. They deal mostly with respiratory problems but also dental issues and skin conditions.

    People with more serious symptoms are taken to hospitals. On average Medecins du Monde teams have recently been sending on average 8 patients a day to hospital for further treatment for diabetes, stomach pains, gynaecological disorders, fractures, cardiac conditions or severe psychological issues.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)