Insufficient psychiatric specialists hits country's only Mental Hospital

Published On: February 11, 2019 06:30 PM NPT

LALITPUR, Feb 11: The country's only Mental Hospital at  Lagankhel is facing a crunch of consultant psychiatrists. 

Although the number of mental health patients coming to the hospital is on the rise, the hospital is constrained by a shortage of psychiatric specialists. While there are eight positions for consultant psychiatrists, there only are five at the moment. The psychiatrists are currently struggling to treat increasing inflow of patients, the hospital's spokesperson and Chief Consultant Psychiatrist Ananta Adhikari said. 

There is one post of Director (psychiatric specialist) who has been allotted the responsibility of the hospital management, two posts of chief consultant psychiatrists and six posts of a senior consultant psychiatrist. 

Hospital spokesman Adhikari said that the number of posts for psychiatric specialists has not been increased in proportion to the rising number of patients in the hospital, both in the out-patient and the in-patient departments. 

"One specialist has to examine up to 50 patients in the out-patient department," he said. He said 11 resident doctors are working at the hospital who have to be guided by the specialists. The 30 beds available at the hospital are almost always occupied. 

The hospital's out-patient department sees 150 to 200 patients on an average coming for a checkup daily. RSS

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