To provide comprehensive healthcare for the elderly, the State government will soon set up an institute of geriatric care on the premises of the SDS Tuberculosis Research Centre and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore.
Minister for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil was speaking at a programme organised to mark World Mental Health Day at NIMHANS on Tuesday.
Mr. Patil said that the proposal had been finalised and would be placed before the Cabinet next week. “We have sought Rs. 10 crore for this institute and the Finance Department has asked us to submit a detailed report. We are working on it and will place it before the Cabinet soon,” he said.
“The proposal mooted by Shashidhar Buggi, Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, will be a teaching institute with treatment and research facilities. Initially it will have 50 beds and will be upgraded in coordination with the Chest Diseases Institute and NIMHANS,” the Minister said.
To reduce patient load on NIMHANS and also to ensure that patients in districts are not deprived of mental healthcare, the Minister said NIMHANS-like institutes will be set up in Mysore and Gulbarga. “We already have one in Dharwad and two more in the State will ensure that patients across the State have access to mental healthcare,” he said.
Pointing out that a proposal to set up trauma centres in Mysore and Gulbarga had been included in this year’s State budget, the Minister said: “We will add a psychiatric component to these centres and upgrade them in the NIMHANS-like institutes.”
Lauding the functioning of NIMHANS, the Minister said the government had adopted six districts to implement the national programme for Health Care of the Elderly.
Following directions from the Union government, NIMHANS will soon start the process of conducting a national mental health survey. The survey is aimed at recording the mental health status of the country and creating awareness about mental health, said NIMHANS Director P. Satishchandra.
To begin with, NIMHANS would conduct a pilot survey in Kolar next month. “The report should be ready by December after which we will start the process for the main survey,” he said.
To mark World Alzheimer’s Say (Sept. 21), International Day of Older Persons (Oct. 1) and World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), NIMHANS has brought out three booklets on care for elders.
Similar institutes to be set up in Mysore and Gulbarga