To plug dearth of psychiatrists, Maharashtra govt to train M
Concerned about the acute shortage of psychiatrists in the public healthcare system, Maharashtra public health department has decided to train its own MBBS doctors from primary health centres (PHC)s. The doctors will undergo a three-month online course on mental health from the National Institute of Mental Health and Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India has 0.29 psychiatrists and 0.06 psychologists per lakh population in the mental health sector, while countries like Norway have 48 psychiatrists per lakh population and Argentina 222 — the highest globally. In Maharashtra, only 20 of 34 sanctioned district level psychiatrists are filled. Of 85 other sanctioned posts for psychiatrists (class I) in district and mental hospitals, only nine are filled, a senior official in the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) said.

While the Maharashtra government plans to train 100 PHC doctors in batches, only 40 doctors have agreed so far. NIMHANS will conduct exams at the end of the course.

Each doctor will be paid Rs 5,000 as stipend for the course. Dr Radhakishan Pawar, district health officer of Beed, said the course will equip doctors to identify early signs of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. “Mental health is still not a priority for doctors on the ground…We are trying to sensitise them,” said Dr Sadhana Tayde, director at DHS.

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Could MBBS Dr from other states enroll ??
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