Tie-up proposal under consideration for improving IPHB functioning: Rane

Panaji: Highlighting the need to understand the root
causes of suicides, health secretary Nila Mohanan on Tuesday claimed that there
are reports of rising instances of suicidal tendencies in states like Goa and
Kerala.

“I have come across reports indicating rising tendency of
suicides here in Goa as well as in my home state Kerala. Both states share many
features in common and it really requires a lot of thought to understand the
root causes of such tendency,” said Mohanan, while speaking during a function
held to mark Mental Health Week at the Institute of Psychiatry and Human
Behaviour (IPHB), Bambolim.

She said that support from parents, family, community as
a whole along with timely attention and treatment can prevent an individual
from committing suicide.

She said that mental health is still a taboo and people
are finding it difficult to initiate a conversation and talk about it.

“A person in such state of mind requires a lot of
support. If we are able to extend a helping hand at that point then we can save
a life,” she said.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane
said that a proposal is under consideration for a tie-up with National
Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Hospital (NIMHANS), Bangalore to
enhance the efficiency of IPHB.

“We propose to have a tie-up with IPHB along with NIMHANS
for an exchange and training programme, besides other facilities so that our
doctors get the exposure they require,” Rane said.

He said that a team of doctors from IPHB and GMC will be
sent to NIMHANS to understand the requirements for IPHB after which they will
be asked to submit a report and, based on the report, the health department
will pursue the proposal with the government.

Rane expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work of
the construction of 100-bed hospital expansion in phase two at the IPHB
complex.

“The work is going on at a slow pace though we have
released Rs 6 crore for having the new centre of excellence and we also need a
partner on board who can tell us what we require. We need to take it up with
Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation to expedite the construction
work,” he said.

Dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital Dr Shivanand
Bandekar said that he came across three youngsters who tried to commit suicide
this year.

“Suicide is a pathological condition of the mind and it
is this condition which demands an acute psychiatry treatment,” he said.

Dr Bandekar stressed the need for IPHB having a
round-the-clock helpline number and urged Health Minister to deploy one
ambulance at the IPHB campus so that in case of any emergency the patient can
be immediately attended to.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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