Raipur: The Health and Family Welfare Department of Chhattisgarh has been awarded the 'Excellence in Mental Health' award by the Public Health Foundation of India for its excellent services under the Mental Health Program during the Corona period.
Mission Director of National Health Mission Dr Priyanka Shukla received this award on behalf of the state in a program organized in New Delhi on Friday.
Chhattisgarh has been selected for this award for providing services related to mental health to remote areas of the state. Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr Priyanka Shukla said that during the time of Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of people affected by mental health problems were counseled with the help of trained medical officers and rural medical assistants under the Mental Health Program by the National Health Mission.
For this, more than 1400 medical officers and rural medical assistants have been trained by the country's premier institution National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore under the state level innovation 'CHAMP Project'. Through these, all the services related to mental health were reached to all the health institutions. During the pandemic period, when many people were suffering from mental health problems, their morale was boosted through telecommunication service and other health services were also provided by the Health Department under the Mental Health Program, she said.