Construction of Mental Health Institute moving apace

first_img–  Minister CummingsConstruction of the National Mental Health Institute is expected to be completed later this year and once opened, the institution would see a quicker rehabilitation of patients suffering from mental illnesses, for reintegration into society so that they can lead healthy lives.“What we want to do now is to ensure that persons are rehabilitated, where people can go back into society so they can have a relation with their families,” Junior Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings said.She noted that the Ministry also planned to have the Psychiatric Ward at the Georgetown Public Hospital remodelled to better suit the needs of patients.Dr Cummings said the Ministry’s Mental Health Unit was also working with patients and their families for faster reintegration. She further noted that the availability of beds at the Georgetown Hospital’s Psychiatric Ward was an issue, since the area was small and beds were limited. However, she said the Public Health Ministry was currently unaware of patients being turned away from the National Psychiatric Hospital (NPH) in Berbice, as has been reported.That hospital has the capacity to house 240 patients, but is currently dilapidated. Former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton had promised to have the Hospital reconstructed, but to date, there has been no move made. However, Dr Cummings said she was aware that funds were set aside for the reconstruction of the institution, but she was unsure of the progress made or the amount.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsSeveral governmental and health organisations have condemned the state of the NPH and the delivery of mental health services in Guyana.A 2008 World Health Organisation Mental Health Report stated that the NPH was “in substantial disrepair and significantly below the standard of facilities that provide for physical health care, raising concern about equitable treatment of the mentally ill. There are no standards, protocols, policies, or guidelines for the use of psychotropic medications; the assessment, treatment, monitoring, and ongoing evaluation of patients with mental disorders; the charting of patient information; or the maintenance of health records. There is little national mental health data available for mental health service monitoring and evaluation. As a consequence, datasets of sufficient quality are not available to inform service utilisation or to provide quality assurance for mental health care.”However, the Government introduced the Mental Health Action Plan 2015-2020, which was said to be yielding results since Guyana dropped three spots on the world’s suicide index and was said to be making steady progress in the area of mental healthcare.Currently, there are five psychiatrists in Guyana’s public healthcare system, and they have clinics throughout the country. They have also embarked on sensitisation campaigns, and have planned to go into schools to raise awareness and eradicate the stigma attached to mental health issues.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas wanted by AS Roma in January transfer window

first_img Cesc Fabregas in action for Chelsea 1 AS Roma are preparing a New Year move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain following the arrival of manager Antonio Conte in the summer.The Italian has steered his side to the top of the Premier League with a 3-4-3 formation and Fabregas is not his first choice in central midfield.The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has started just two league games all season, with Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante preferred to him in the engine room.That lack of game time has led to suggestions that he could leave the club when the transfer window opens, with a long list of clubs considering a move.And now, according to Il Tempo, Roma are very keen on signing him and are currently exploring the possibility of bringing him in.However, the transfer fee may prove a stumbling block given Fabregas still has over two years left on his current deal and Chelsea, with a title challenge to manage, are under no pressure to sell such a talented player.last_img read more