Conference on rural psychiatry from Sept 18

Speaking to media persons, Director of Nitte Rural Psychiatric Services Nitte (NRPS) Director Dr Naveen Chandra and NMAM Institute of Technology Principal S Y Kulkarni informed that the conference is sponsored by Nitte University.

Dr Chandra said that over 100 delegates including 15 overseas psychiatrists from South Africa, Australia and Malaysia are participating in the conference. The main aim of the conference is to address psychiatric problems and treatments still not available  in rural areas.

Dr Chandra said that the NRPS which started in 2009 at Nitte has treated 1,000 rural patients free of cost with medicines in the three villages of Nitte, Bailur and Mundkur. They attract on an average 20 people with various psycho problems every time during their visit to these villages. The centre had recently started 24x7 info lines on psychological problems to the people. The centre also conducts regular awareness campaigning programmes in schools and colleges besides in the villages dealing with alcoholic, epilepsy and mental disorders, he said adding that the centre had also proposed to start a day care centre soon for follow-up actions of the treated patients.
He said that the conference will be inaugurated by Director of Bipolar Research in Melbourne, Australia, Dr Russell D’Souza, and the 24x7 Psychiatric Information Centre will be launched by NIMHANS Director Dr D Nagaraja.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from Australia Dr Carey Breakey, Specialist Dietician Joan Breakey and others were present at the press meet.

DH News Service

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