New Delhi: 22nd December 2011
With around 7% of India’s population suffering from some form of mental disorder, the health ministry is now focusing on increasing the country’s annual output of qualified mental health professionals. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said India has only 23% of the required psychiatrists and 25% of required psychiatric nurses. In view of this critical shortage, the ministry, under the National Mental Health Programme, has allocated Rs 470 crore for manpower development through 11 Institutions of Excellence across the country, which will help produce 1,756 qualified mental health professionals annually, Azad said.
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