The Bengal government is going to set up a new mental hospital in Kalyani on the JNM Medical College and Hospital campus. According to a Nabanna official, the construction will start immediately and chief minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to flag off the project soon.
The facility will have 50 beds — 25 each for men and women. The state is going to spend around Rs 50 crore on the project, with the construction cost estimated to be around Rs 33 crore, an official said.
Principal of JNM Medical College and Hospital Dr Keshab Mukhopadhyay said the new hospital will have six stories with 7,000sqft space on each floor. A hostel facility has also been planned. “It will be a centre of excellence under National Mental Health Programme. The state will bear 40% project cost and the rest will be borne by the Centre,” said Kaustav Chakraborty, head of psychiatry department, JNM Medical College and Hospital.
Psychologist Tapas Ray said there must be provision for admission of at least 3,000 patients with mental health problems in the state at any given time. Mahendra Singh, president, West Bengal Mental Health Forum, agreed the new mental hospital will be of help. Speaking of the need for more such facilities, an official said in Lumbini Mental Hospital that has 200 beds, often 215 patients are admitted and in the 250-bed Pavlov, nearly 700 patients are admitted at a time.
Source:Times of India