Staff Reporter

Rehabilitation of women who have recovered from mental illness poses a great problem

Hospital in need of more rehabilitation centres for those on recovery pathProposal to renovate hospital building with provision of kitchen and laundryPanel members to visit other mental health hospitals in State

HYDERABAD: "Mentally disturbed persons can become manageable with treatment but many families are reluctant to take them back," this is what members of the State Women's Commission, who inspected women's wing at the Institute of Mental Health, Yerragadda, learnt during their interaction with hospital authorities on Tuesday.

Hospital Superintendent M. Gouri Devi told them thatthe hospital had written to the Government to set up rehabilitation homes for recovered women, who had nowhere to go, in the Government and NGO sector.

The Commission members Padmaja Reddy, Majji Sarada, K. Renuka Reddy, M. Saraswathi Devi, Shabana Momin and Santadevi Srivatsava said they would visit other mental hospitals in the State and assess how recovered patients given shelter at State homes were taken care of before giving their report to the Government.

They felt more rehabilitation homes were needed to help such women.

Facilities proposed

The Superintendent apprised the commission members of proposals to set up a modern laundry and kitchen besides renovation of the hospital building with a central grant of Rs. 3 crores.

The hospital had adequate amenities and budget to take care of patients but with retirement of a lone social worker, they needed a replacement immediately.

The hospital staff had a tough time pacifying an agitated patient who wanted to go home.

But inquiries revealed that she was brought to hospital again after a relapse recently as her family could not handle her.

Meanwhile Commission members who noticed a woman reportedly abandoned by a man in the hospital premises alerted the police for shifting her to State home.