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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
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.
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.
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.