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395 treated at IGMH mental health centre within first month

Shahudha Mohamed
29 April 2019, MVT 15:35
Centre for Mental Health established in IGMH. 395 patients were treated at this facility within the first month. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
29 April 2019, MVT 15:35

Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) revealed on Saturday that 395 patients sought treatment for mental illnesses within the first month of establishing the Centre for Mental Health in the hospital.

The recently created mental health centre provides consultation, diagnosis and counseling in addition to inpatient treatment.

According to IGMH, 339 patients consulted specialists while 53 psychotherapy sessions were provided.

Consultation sometimes takes up to two to three weeks due to the large number of patients seeking treatment.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Centre for Mental Health, Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen stated that about 2,500 patients were treated in IGMH for mental illnesses in the six months prior to the centre's launch.

Establishing a special centre catering to those with mental illnesses was an electoral pledge that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih vowed to fulfill within the first 100 days of government.

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