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Care for Mental Patients
|by Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee|
Institute of Psychiatry Kolkata to Act as the Nodal Agency
Mental patients are nearly always deprived of the ability to enjoy fundamental human rights. In the hospitals and medical centre meant for the mentally challenged patients, proper care is rarely taken. Now IOP is chosen as the nodal agency to supervise special training.
The Institute of Psychiatry (IOP), the third oldest surviving mental hospital of the country, which started its existence 194 years back, has a colorful history in Mental Health of India. The state, at present, has six hospitals exclusively for mental health, eleven government medical colleges and 16 district hospitals. Seven sub-divisional hospitals have mental health treatment centres and NGOs run psychiatry consultation at five hospitals.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of the State of West Bengal, upgraded this Observation Ward to the status of a regular full-scale mental hospital with 30 beds including 10 observation beds in 1950.In 1989 it was incorporated as the teaching, training and research wing of the Department of Psychiatry of the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research. In the same year it was identified as the United Nations International Drug Control Program’s Nodal Centre by the Ministry of Health, Govt. of India and in 1991, the name was changed to Institute of Psychiatry.
The training to be imparted will enrich the nursing and paramedical staffers. The constant and massive inflow of different types of patients from all over the state (and outside too), hailing from varied socio-cultural backgrounds, seek treatment from this premier institution. Currently different OPD facilities are available like General Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Alcohol and Drug De- addiction Clinic, Sexual Counseling Clinic, Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, OCD Clinic, Mood Disorder Clinic, Geriatric Clinic, Life Skill Education Clinic for Adolescent along with Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric Social Work and Psychiatric Nursing Services. All these opportunities make this place an ideal arena for the development of a holistic and comprehensive mental health programme.
The Medical Superintendent of the IOP Dr. Jayanta Basu told the media: “The aim of this training programme is to handle the suspected and detected patients of mental health with compassion”. On Sept 12, Wednesday, a training session has been organized with the nursing staff from the hospitals and departments of mental health at the hospital as a part of this mass sensitization program. Dr. Basu said, “We are also working on improving the quality of stay at the mental health hospitals and departments by installing uninterrupted power supply and diagnostic facilities.” Henceforth, staff from other hospitals and medical centres can also avail of the opportunity for this training which will enrich them more to deal in a more educated way and more sympathetically with the patients. The IOP specialists will supervise them and offer training besides doing their own duties.
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