The Punjab Police on Friday announced to launch a drive along with the state's health department to look for abandoned mentally-challenged persons across the state for providing them required medical care.
Presiding over a session on the role of the police in implementing the Mental Health Act, director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini directed field officers to accord top priority to the well-being of such persons and tie up with health officials to extend help, especially in the extreme winter conditions, a spokesman said here.
A team of doctors from the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here has also been roped in to assess such patients.
Such unattended patients would be admitted to the Institute of Mental Health, Amritsar, for treatment and recovery.
Principal secretary, health, Vini Mahajan pointed out at the meeting that the state government had emphasised on the need to provide quality health care to these mentally-challenged persons. She also sought the cooperation of the state police for effective implementation of the Mental Health Act, 1987.
A team of psychiatrists from the PGI gave presentations on various aspects of mental health, explaining the concept and identification of mental illness and the treatment.
The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, likely to be approved in Parliament next year, was also discussed at the meeting, the spokesman added.
The issue of drug de-addiction was also discussed and it was decided that the police and health departments would work closely with each other to ensure de-addiction of maximum number of people.