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Friday, 4 July 2014

48 Identified as Mentally ill at Camp Held as Part of Pudhu Vazhu Project - Vellore

 As many as 48 people from the villages of Modikuppam, Sengundram, Mukkundram, Chinnapalli, Thattaparai and Seevur in Gudiyattam block were determined to be suffering from mental illness and mental retardation, at a special screening camp that was held on Thursday at the Primary health centre at Modikuppam. The camp was conducted under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Pudhu Vazhvu Mental health Project.

District project manager of the Pudhu Vazhvu Thittam S Narayanan said, the mental health project is being implemented as a pilot project in five blocks across the district as part of the state initiative. 44 villages that come under the six PHC’s in the district would be screened to identify the mentally ill and retarded people. A series of six camps will be held between July 3 to July 19 within the five blocks of Gudiyattam, Alangayam, Madanur, Timiri and Pernmabut. Meanwhile, the identified individuals would receive free medication from the nearby PHC’s and their family members would be covered under a rehabilitation programme to improve their living conditions, he added.

At the Modikuppam camp, psychiatrist Dr S Lakshmanan, attached to the Vellore Government medical college hospital screened the patients along with doctors from the Gudiyattam government hospital and doctors from PHCs. Another team of psychiatric counsellors from SRM medical college also participated in the camp and extended counselling for the patients and their family members. Details about the project and how it would benefit the families were explained to the participants.

Treatment has begun for the 48 persons. They would also receive national identity cards from the District Differently abled Welfare officer to avail the various welfare assistance programmes that are provided by the state government, he added.

Source : The New Indian Express , 5th July 2014

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