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Punjab to run campaign to identify mentally-ill homeless

The Punjab government will start a month-long campaign across the state next month in which station house officers (SHOs) of police stations would identify homeless mentally-ill patients, to be examined by psychiatrists in civil hospitals.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 13, 2013 20:57 IST
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The Punjab government will start a month-long campaign across the state next month in which station house officers (SHOs) of police stations would identify homeless mentally-ill patients, to be examined by psychiatrists in civil hospitals.

The information was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday by Avtar Chand Sharma, additional secretary of the department of health and family welfare, Punjab.

Submitting the roadmap for mentally-ill/retarded people in the state, the officer stated that during the campaign, where required, order from the respective chief judicial magistrates would be sought to admit homeless mentally-ill patients to the mental health hospital at Amritsar.

The high court had earlier directed the state government to come up with a roadmap as to how the government proposed to tackle the issue of mental healthcare and how the mentally ill and mentally retarded roaming on the streets could be rendered healthcare services.

The court was informed that a medical helpline (104) was going to be made operational within six months that would also cater to requests/information regarding mental illness. The state government is also going to enlarge existing facilities for homeless persons with mental illness by increasing the number of beds at the Amritsar hospital.

It was also stated that three buildings (50-bed each) at Rajpura, Ludhiana and Amritsar for the mentally retarded were ready under the aegis of the department of social security and the clearance from the finance department was awaited to recruit staff.