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Treatment support for mentally sick people stressed

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BSS, Rajshahi :
Optimum treatment and necessary healthcare facilities for the mentally sick people are very vital to facilitate them to get back their normal life.
Collective effort is urgently needed as all the mental diseases excepting the schizophrenia are curable. Social awareness alongside a positive attitude toward the patients is very crucial for their early recovery from mental sickness.
The observation came at a discussion titled "Mental Health for Youth in Changing World" at the conference hall of Civil Surgeon Office in Rajshahi city yesterday. Civil Surgeon Office organized the discussion in association with Non-communicable Disease Control Programme of Directorate of Health Services to mark the World Mental Health 2018.
Civil Surgeon Dr Sanjit Kumar Shaha, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Enamul Haque and BRAC district representative Jahedul Islam addressed the discussion disseminating their expertise on the issue.
During his keynote presentation, Dr Sheikh Abu Hena Mostofa Alim, Associate Professor of Department of Psychiatry in Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, said mental illnesses are an under-recognized public health problem in Bangladesh.
"Awareness about mental illness and acceptance of treatment are very low due to social stigma and superstition," he said adding psychosocial care of mentally sick and disaster affected people constitute a major challenge for the health and the social welfare systems of the country.
Taking advantages of the situation, Dr Mostofa Alim said some quacks and opportunist groups have been working as money-makers through exploiting thepatients.
He added that the mal-practitioners are pushing the patients toward an endangered condition. Mental health needs to be brought under thesurveillance system.
The state level treatment facilities for the mentally disorder patients are very limited, he said and underscored the need for uplifting the scopes to cope with the situation.
Dr Sanjit Kumar said integration of mental health services intro primary healthcare has become the most viable way of narrowing the treatment gap and ensuring that the common people benefit from mental health promotion.
All the drug addicts especially the intravenous drug users always suffer from mental sickness as the drugs damage their body strengths and the central nervous system.
The mental patients are the most vulnerable section of the society.
Meanwhile, Departments of Psychology of Rajshahi University and Rajshahi College also observed the day in befitting manner.

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