ADVANCED MENTAL HEALTH CARE CENTRE
SOUGHT: R114 CRORE
When the PGI was started around 50 years ago, 24 of the total beds were reserved for the newly established branch of psychiatry. Not a single bed has been added since. Finally the hope appears to have been renewed. EXPANSE AND EXPENSE
The institute has proposed to set up a 150-bed centre. Under the 12th Five Year Plan, Rs 114 crore has been sought for the project. It includes 55 crore for the building, Rs 6 crore for furniture and equipment and 51 crore for manpower.
“All specialties developed their centres and increased their bed strength, but mental health infrastructure was never developed in the PGI,” said Dr Savita Malhotra, head, department of psychiatry, PGI.
In the past year, 56,000 patients were examined in the OPD, including around 10,000 new patients. However, the department is able to admit only around 250 patients a year. “We need to increase it to at least 1,000 beds,” said Dr Malhotra.
A special focus area would be advanced child and adolescent psychiatry. As per the existing proposal, in the indoor care, beds will be reserved for child psychiatric problems like autism.
The centre will also advance research and post-graduate medical education.
The target is to finish the project in one go.