Spe­cial Re­lief

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

In Kochi city of Ker­ala state, the gov­ern­ment has es­tab­lished day­care cen­tres for the men­tally ill. Pro­vid­ing free lunch with pick-and-drop fa­cil­ity, the 9-to-5 cen­tres look af­ter the men­tally ill aged 15 to 50 years. Many sports and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties are held for the in­mates at the cen­tres. They also get an op­por­tu­nity to learn yoga for phys­i­cal strength and men­tal re­lax­ation. A vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­gramme is be­ing started at the cen­tres where in­mates will learn how to make can­dles, medicine cov­ers and such coir prod­ucts as floor mats, door­mats, brushes, mat­tresses, etc.

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