Rural Mental Health services have deteriorated dramatically over the years, says a senior health worker.
Assistant Director for Mental Health Services and Directorate for Social Change, Dr. Ume Ambi says there are no facilities in the districts for Mental Health service programs whilst in a couple of provincial hospitals lack staff housing.
Dr. Ume says due to no appropriate structure and facilities, qualified mental health specialists have move on with other health specialties.
Insufficient funding by the government to conduct routine clinical and supervisory programs has also been a pushing factor to this issue.
However, Dr. Ambi says with the new Directorate for Social Change and Mental Health Service in placed, these issues will be addressed in the near future.
Dr. Ambi says the newly formed Directorate is a maiden historic major health reform in PNG and the Pacific, which will ensure mental health services is improved and expanded in PNG.
The Directorate will be entrusted to monitor the mental well – being of people in their communities, and promote and encourage the maintenance of community mental health at an acceptable level.
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