Maharashtra to train rural health workers to improve access to mental health services

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1645
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

The Maharashtra state health department has proposed training rural health workers to manage patients with mental health problems, to combat the shortage of skilled staff in the specialty.

Archana Patil, director of the Maharashtra public health department, told the Times of India that at present only 6000 people with mental illnesses can access treatment at four regional mental hospitals in the state.

“Even if the strength …

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