“The government aims to make the State a model with citizens of sound mental health and doctors should co-operate in that direction by providing needed information,” said Dr. K.A. Ashok Pai, Chairman, Karnataka State Mental Health Task Force.

He was addressing a meeting of Heath Officers and heads of NGOs of the district at the DC’s office here yesterday.

“The government proposes to eradicate superstitious beliefs and rituals regarding mental illness, establish psycho-socio rehabilitation centres, alcohol de-addiction centres, suicide prevention squad and a helpline in that context in all districts. Four schools for children suffering from cerebral palsy has been planned in the State and Rs. 15 crore has been allocated for these projects in the budget,” explained Dr. Pai.

Continuing, Dr. Ashok Pai opined that incidents of suicide, teenage pregnancy, alcohol addiction and crime had increased in Bangalore.

He pointed out that mental health facilities were not satisfactory in the State with a few districts without a single psychiatrist.

He added that the formation of the Task Force was deemed essential as the State was deficient in psychiatrists as many of them go abroad after studies.

District Health Officer Dr. S.M. Malegowda, District Surgeon Dr. Vamadev, District Psychiatrist Dr. M. Manjunath and representatives of various institutions and NGOs attended the meeting.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore