Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health is trying to broad base mental health treatment facilities, because mental hospitals have run out of room. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health is trying to broad base mental health treatment facilities, because mental hospitals have run out of room. “We are trying to open hospitals in the periphery and at least have one mental health clinic in every MOH (Medical Officer of Health) area,” said the Director of Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health, Hiranthi de Silva.
“We are also trying to improve community support for mental patients so that they do not need to be hospitalised all the time,” says de Silva.
This is because Sri Lanka’s public health system has run out of room to deal with the increasing number of mental patients in the island.
At this point, the most overcrowded hospitals in Sri Lanka, are the mental hospitals.
“The problem is, that there are hardly any discharges of patients when it comes to mental patients,” says de Silva.
“Families bring mental patients to the hospitals a few times and then just leave them there because of the time and cost of taking