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Special care: The Collector, T.N. Venkatesh, second from left, along with psychiatrists, attending counselling session for the mentally ill and disabled in Karur.
Special care: The Collector, T.N. Venkatesh, second from left, along with psychiatrists, attending counselling session for the mentally ill and disabled in Karur.

L. Renganathan

The psychiatrists prescribed medicines and also advised the caretakers on tending to the patients.

KARUR: Her roaming eyes betray the anxiety that ravages her tormenting mind. Mumbling to none, but herself incorrigible and incoherent words, Ayeesha Bibi from Kulithalai presents a poignant picture of desolation. She had 25 similar mentally ill and disturbed people for company in a room at the Collectorate here. They have been put there by their family members who got to know that the district administration had, for the first time perhaps directly, is arranging a special counselling and mental health camp for such ‘unfortunate’ persons.

A team of specialists led by psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of the Sowmanasya Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Tiruchi, G. Gopalakrishnan, efficiently handled the curious attitude of the patients even as they patiently listened to the caretakers’ woes. The 26 persons who either mentally ill, or disturbed or suffering from sleeplessness or displaying aggressiveness or simply behaving in a “different or unique manner” were also in for some pleasant surprise as caring people doted on them.

Most of them were not even in a position to notice that the Collector, T.N. Venkatesh, himself was at hand, in the fervent hope that the mentally ill who had been escorted to the camp should return a better person after the counselling and diagnosis. The psychiatrists prescribed medicines and also advised the caretakers on tending to the patients.

The physically challenged mother of young Ramani from Pallapatti, who used to be at the receiving end of her son’s sudden bouts of aggression, observed that she had come with a lot of hope. Similar was the expectation of other caretakers.

“We have to thank the munificence of Dr. Gopalakrishnan and his team for they have promised to continue the medical supervision of the mentally ill who came to the camp. The efficacy and the effect it has had on the patients and their family members have revealed the need to have more such camps regularly,” observed Mr. Venkatesh. Promptly he tied up with the psychiatrists to conduct a camp for the mentally ill on the last Thursday of every month.

Observing that almost all the patients were from the economically and socially weaker sections of the society, Mr. Venkatesh also revealed that the Karur District Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped would meet the cost of some standard and regular medicines and drugs prescribed by the specialists for the patients attending the camp.

The District Rehabilitation Officer C. Jasmine, psychiatrist Harsh Vardhan from the Sowmanasya Hospitals and a team of medical assistants were at hand to help the participants.

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