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NHRC member inspects Hospital for Mental Care

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Expresses concern over lack of facilities

VISAKHAPATNAM : National Human Rights Commission member Shivraj V. Patil has expressed his displeasure at the inadequate infrastructure facilities at the Government Hospital for Mental Care. The NHRC member inspected the hospital on Saturday.

Later speaking to newsmen, he said there were no proper gardens, books and journals in the hospital.

All these were necessary to provide relaxation to the mentally-ill patients. He, however, expressed satisfaction at the quality of service rendered by doctors at the hospital.

Vacant posts

The hospital has only one post-graduate doctor and three diploma holders as against the requirement of six PG doctors and 12 diploma holders. Mr. Patil underlined the need to fill vacant posts.

He expressed concern at the non-acceptance of cured patients by some families. He called for societal pressure to reverse the trend and to effect a change in the attitude of the family members.

There were some cases of hospital authorities not being able to trace the family members due to change of address or otherwise.

Plea to voluntary bodies

He felt that voluntary organisations could play a vital role in restoring cured patients to their families.

The NHRC member had also visited such hospitals in Bangalore and Ranchi.

Report soon

Replying to a query, he said that the inspection was not based on any complaints or allegations. He said that a report would be prepared in about six months and submitted to the authorities concerned.

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