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11 shelterees move to Office on Aging

THE Office on Aging is providing shelter to 11 individuals who moved out of the Kagman High School shelter on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

KHS and other public schools will resume classes today, Thursday.

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Immunization Program personnel administered flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots to individuals seeking shelter at the Office on Aging on Wednesday morning.  In photo are Northern Marianas College nursing student Patrishia Echavez, Immunization Program adult/adolescent coordinator Gloria Ramon, Immunization Program manager Jeremy T. Sasamoto, and registered nurse Cheng “Claire” Huang.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Also on Wednesday, the Immunization Program under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. conducted a medical and mental health outreach at the Office on Aging.

Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto said they gave flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots to people taking shelter at the aging office.

He said that they also conducted a survey to help the program determine the physical and mental health needs of people affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

The Bureau of Environmental Health checked on the water and sanitation situation in the aging office while Community Guidance Center counselors addressed the mental health needs of the shelter occupants.

“Mental health can actually be one of the most critical aspects of your overall well-being.” CHCC communications specialist Zoe Travis said. “Even though this storm did not directly impact the Marianas, it is crucial to acknowledge that it was still a very scary and upsetting time. It is very common to feel strong emotions right now, including sadness, anxiety, anger and a feeling of being overwhelmed,”

These emotions, she added, can also affect the people physically and result in sleep impairment, changes in appetite, headaches, and other physical pain.

In a separate interview, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said the Office on Aging, which is under DCCA, can accommodate people who need an additional day or more at a temporary shelter.

As for the Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility, its water pump is currently undergoing repair.

“In case there is a need for a longer term shelter, we want to make sure the Kagman facility is ready again,” Hunter said.

In the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu, which hit Saipan and Tinian in Oct. 2018, the Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility provided extended shelter assistance to almost 200 individuals for three months — from Dec. 2018 to March 2019.