Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

Mental health facility in Palawan sought

Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta is proposing the establishment of a mental health facility in the province to cater to the alarming number of individuals suffering from mental illness.

Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta is proposing the establishment of a mental health facility in the province to cater to the alarming number of individuals suffering from mental illness.

In an interview, Acosta said that there are around 1,400 psychologically ill individuals in the province as of 2018 based on the data provided by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Acosta said that mentally ill patients should have proper medication and should be in proper facilities to be taken care of.

“Sa pag-iikot natin ay may nakita tayo na isang tao na naglalaba sa kalsada, doon mismo sa part ng kalsada na lumalim na. Kaya sabi ko hindi sila dapat ganito, dapat nasa maayos silang kalagayan, magkaroon ng maayos na intervention, medication at body therapy. Napag-alaman nga natin sa PHO na ganoon kadami ang mga mentally ill natin na mga kababayan, so very alarming,” she said.

In her resolution, Acosta said that the mental facility should be established within the locations of the 15 provincial hospitals in Palawan.

“Ang gusto sana natin ay magkaroon ng facility kung saan nakatayo ang ating mga public hospitals, ang iba ay tinatayo at ang iba naman ay tapos na, 15 po lahat ‘yan. Hindi naman talaga doon sa loob mismo ng hospital bagkos doon na area lang. Although ‘yong mga doctor na nandoon  sa area ay hindi naman talaga nila expertise ang mentally ill patient pero at least kapag may mangyari ay malapit lang sila,” Acosta said.

Previously, the provincial board also approved a resolution requesting the Department of Health (DOH) to assign a psychiatrist in Palawan.

For now, only one Manila-based psychiatrist is doing regular monthly visits in Palawan.

Acosta said this is insufficient.

“Kung matatandaan ninyo ay nagpasa tayo ng resolution noong nakaraan para dagdagan ang mga psychiatrists natin sa probinsya dahil talagang kulang considering the geography ng probinsya,” she added.

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