New Delhi: The ignorance of health services for the mentally disabled patients remained the centre of discussion in the seminar organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the occasion of World Mental Health Day.

NHRC member PC Sharma said that mental health problems were not given impetus as compared to other problems. He said that resourcefully also mental hospitals were facing a resource crunch.

Even after the NHRC issued several directions related to mental health, 43 mental hospitals are still facing an acute shortage of staff and resources.

In 1997, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre and state governments to pay heed to the matter.

“Mentally-ill patients also require basic necessities for which doctors and public representatives should be forthcoming,” said Sharma.

According to a report, around two crore population need mental treatment but the machinery and the present infrastructure is not suffice for the requirement.

NHRC official Satyavrat Pal said that the commission had conducted a survey and also cared for them.

Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare assured that funds will be allocated for mental health in the 12th Five Year Plan.

Apart from others, various experts from AIIMS also kept forth their views during the seminar.

(JPN/Bureau)