Jamshedpur, April 24: Jharkhand government’s recent decision of hiking the mental health care facility in the state has been welcomed by ‘Jeevan’, the only registered suicide prevention centre of the city.
It may be mentioned that a few years ago the central government had decided that all district hospitals in the country will have facility for the treatment of mental patients known as DMHP (District Mental Health Programme).
Out of 22 districts in Jharkhand only 4 districts hospitals have this facility while the remaining 18 districts are waiting for the same.
Recently it has been decided to create the facility in 12 more district hospitals. Once the facility starts in 12 more district then the 6 districts will still not have this facility.
Dr. M. Ram, founder of ‘Jeevan’ said, two years ago we had brought it to the notice of the Dept. of Health, Govt. of Jharkhand that there are large number of mental patents in Kolhan region including Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur in fact has a high suicide rate.
In absence of admission facility nearly 200 mental patients from this area have go to Ranchi mental hospitals for admission & treatment.
Many, however are not able to afford the same and suffer a lot. Dr. Ram further said that ‘Jeevan’ has requested the Govt. to start a medical ward for mental patient at Jamshedpur.
We at ‘Jeevan’ hope that the health dept. will take some fast step in this direction. It may be mentioned that as per District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) of Govt. of India all 22 district hospitals should have 10 bedded ward exclusively for mental patients with all necessary facilities.
Unfortunately until now not a single district hospital has this facility for admission of mental patients .
Jeevan through a letter has requested the Minister of Health , govt. of Jharkhand to kindly appreciate the seriousness of the situation & implement DMHP in totality in all the 22 district hospitals of the state without any more loss of time .
It may be noted that the condition of mental health care in Jharkhand is in an alarming situation despite the existence of two premiere institutions Central Institute of psychiatry (CIP) and Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (Rinpas) for nearly a century.
Jharkhand is placed at the fifth place for mental disorders in country with 11.1% of the population suffering with severe mental illness (SMI) as against highest figure of 14.1% in Manipur and lowest figure of 5.8% in Assam