Number of patients with mental illness rising in Kashmir: Div Com

Inaugurates 15-day training programme

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Aug 4: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today said that the number of patients with mental illness is rising in Kashmir due to various reasons.
He was speaking on the occasion of the inaugural ceremony of the 15- day training on mental health at Psychiatry Hospital, GMC Srinagar.
He said with the increase in mental illness cases, drug addiction and suicidal tendencies were also going up.
“To tackle such patients both psychologically and medically, he said, it is imperative to hold capacity building training of our doctors with basics on mental illness treatment at primary level,” he said.
The programme was organised in collaboration with IMHANS. Among others, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Principal GMC Srinagar, Professor Samiya Rashid, HOD Psychiatry, IMHANS, Dr Mohammad Maqbool Dar and SSO/Epidemiologist Kashmir, Dr Talat Jabeen were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Div Com said that as the number of mental illness patients are rising due to various reasons in Kashmir, holding a Psychiatry related training programme for medical officers had become imperative to maintain proper Psychiatry patient management at the primary health level system in all districts.
He said that during the training programme senior faculty from the Psychiatry department of GMC shall impart training about basic psychiatry treatment to tackle the rising number of patients having mental health-related issues in their respective districts.
Div Com asked doctors to make the best use of the training oriented to develop and enhance the capacity of medical officers to treat such patients more effectively.
He said that both physical illness and mental illness are co-related and doctors need to connect with the patients for better results.
After the completion of training of the first batch of trainees, they shall be deputed as master trainers to further train other medical officers in all districts of Kashmir.
Also on the occasion Principal, GMC Srinagar Prof. Samiya Rashid spoke about the various initiatives taken by their college to address mental health issues in their institutions.
DHS Kashmir Dr Mustaq Ahmad Rather also briefed the trainees about the various initiatives led by his department for increasing access to quality mental health care in every district for these needful patients at their doorstep.
Later on, HOD Psychiatry Dr Mohammad Maqbool Dar outlined the various topics which shall be covered during these training.