Only 50 psychiatrists for four lakh mental health patients in Karnataka

Karnataka state is facing a severe shortage of psychiatrists. For a whopping four lakh patients across different parts of Karnataka, there are just 50 psychiatrists.

With mental illnesses rising at a rapid rate across the state, authorities are looking to hire more psychiatrists to meet the demand. Patients with mental illnesses like psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression are rising in Karnataka.

Around 36 psychiatrists pass out of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences (NIMHANS) every year. However, many of them move abroad for better opportunities.

The Report of the Technical Committee on Mental Health (TCMH) 2016, says there should be at least one psychiatrist appointed in every district hospital. This is not the reality.

The Karnataka government has been taking measures to help people with mental illnesses. There is much greater awareness about the need to pay attention to patients. This has also encouraged more people to come forward and seek treatment.

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