Saturday 19 April 2014
News updated at 12:33 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.4°C
Min : 22.5°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

'Country facing acute shortage of psychiatrists'

Bangalore Feb 14, 2013 DHNS

 The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), aimed to cater to urban poor living in towns and cities, mainly migrants, is likely to be launched this year, said Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Speaking at the 17th Convocation of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bangalore on Thursday, the minister said: “ The launching of the NUHM, a dedicated public healthcare system, depending on the budgetary allocation, seems imminent in the light of rise in inflation.”

Noting the dearth of mental health doctors in the country, Azad said every year only 550 doctors passed out in the discipline. This amounts to a shortage of 87 per cent in the country. At present there is a shortage of 67 per cent of psychiatrists and 96 per cent of psychiatric social workers across the nation.


He said Mental Healthcare Act will be enacted to safeguard the rights of people with mental illness.

On the country’s failing health scenario, Azad said despite the grave situation plaguing the nation, doctors were reluctant to work in rural areas.

“Even as 70 per cent of our population lives in the villages, only 0.0004 per cent of doctors are available to address their health issues. Instead of avoiding to serve in rural areas, graduating medical students should take it up as a challenge to serve in the most remote areas,” he urged.

Also present at the convocation was Prof A F M Ruhal Haque, minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

As many as 28 PhDs were awarded on the occasion. Seven degrees were awarded in Doctor of Medicine (DM) Neurology, six in MCh Neurosurgery, two in DM Neuroradiology, 18 in MD Psychiatry and five in Diploma in Psychiatry.

Also, 41 candidates were awarded degrees in various MPhil courses, nine in MSc Psychiatric Nursing, five in BSc Radiology and 22 in BSc Nursing.  

Dr Patel Mehulkumar J, who won the silver jubilee award for best outgoing student in DM Neurology, said: “I took up neurology as it is challenging.”

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Runners, wearing jackets from the 2013 Boston Marathon, add their message to a cloth banner after...

Runners, wearing jackets from the 2013 Boston Marathon, add their message to a cloth banner after...

Yesenia Del Carmen 8, carries a cross reading 'No to the Deportations,' 'as she and her...

Yesenia Del Carmen 8, carries a cross reading 'No to the Deportations,' 'as she and her...

South Sudanese fleeing an attack on the South Sudanese town of Rank, rest during arrival at a...

South Sudanese fleeing an attack on the South Sudanese town of Rank, rest during arrival at a...

A sand sculpture of Simon Zelotes preaching the gospel is seen during Holy Week celebrations in...

A sand sculpture of Simon Zelotes preaching the gospel is seen during Holy Week celebrations in...

Rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship 'Sewol' sank, during the...

Rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship 'Sewol' sank, during the...

Pilgrims light candles held in orange skins on Good Friday in Tanarandy Mission April 18, 2014...

Pilgrims light candles held in orange skins on Good Friday in Tanarandy Mission April 18, 2014...

Leaked oil is seen on the surface of the sea near the site where the capsized passenger ship...

Leaked oil is seen on the surface of the sea near the site where the capsized passenger ship...

Firefighters stand near the remains of beachfront homes which caught fire in Sea Isle City, New...

Firefighters stand near the remains of beachfront homes which caught fire in Sea Isle City, New...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA...

Women adjust their outfits as they prepare to take part in a ritual dance during a Gaga ceremony...

Women adjust their outfits as they prepare to take part in a ritual dance during a Gaga ceremony...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523