Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, April 20, 2019 09:20:29 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Mental disorders account for 13pc global burden of disease

photo by

By
07th-Feb-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Life Report :
Mental health constitutes a major public health challenge undermining the social and economic development throughout much of the developing world like Bangladesh, opined Prof Dr Md Harunur Rashid, a dedicated and exceptional psychiatrist in the present prospect of the country who contributed a significant role in the field of mental health treatment of countrymen.
He has underscored the need for dynamic and proactive policies so that mental patients can get proper treatment in Bangladesh. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that mental disorders account for 13 per cent of the global burden of disease.
"We have a misconception that mentally sick people are insane which is completely wrong. If we provide proper treatment facilities, the sufferer will be able to overcome mental crisis", he said. Dr Rashid explained that the most crucial challenge is the absence of a dynamic and proactive stewardship able to design and enforce policies to further strengthen and enhance the overall mental health care.
Such initiative will bring a fruitful atmosphere for further development of mental health care system in Bangladesh, he suggested. Expressing his view on psychological disorder people or disease, Dr Rashid said when physically sick person bears their diseases since long, at one stage he or she may turn as a mentally sick person.
Dr Rashid obtained MBBS (DU) and M. Phil. Micro. (BSMMU), MCPS, FCPS (Psychiatry) from home and abroad. Currently, he is the assistant professor of Delta Medical College and Hospital, Mirpur and former assistant professor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
He flourished his name not only in the country but the international arena through his tremendous successful activities in the field of mental health treatment. Dr Rashid is now recognised as a mental heal expert in globally which is a huge admiration for the country.     
However Prof Rashid said, in most developing countries mental health remains utterly neglected by the health system and in Bangladesh, a meager 0.5 per cent of the total health budget is allocated to mental health.
On the other hand, above 65 per cent of the total expenditure on health are out-of-pocket expenses, mental illness takes a heavy toll on the poor and underprivileged people.
The mental health care system in Bangladesh is facing multifarious problems including lack of public mental health facilities, scarcity of skilled workforce, inadequate financial resource allocation and social stigma, he observed.
Bangladesh still does not have a comprehensive mental health policy to strengthen the entire health system, he added.
Categorically, the doctor said, the mental sickness may exist along with the diseases like Epilepsy, Stroke, Brain Tumor, any sorts of Cancer, Kidney failure, Lever/Heart failure, Diabetes, Thyroid problem, abdominal diseases like Irritable Biel syndrome, Asthma etc.
The doctor suggested that a mentally sick person have to admit hospital under a psychiatrist to overcome the mental crisis. When an admitted patient at any hospital may turn a mental patient, definitely, the duty doctors of that particular hospital will call a psychiatrist for the treatment of the patient.
The physician also said the affect of a mentally sick person. He said in our country the mentally sick person is not getting proper treatment timely, and for that, the patient are at a severe health hazard.
"It is a disease like other common disease, so, people should not hide or ignore the mental disease", Dr Rashid also said.
He urged people to take proper treatment under a psychiatrist for overcoming the mental sickness.
"If a mentally sick person do not get treatment timely, it becomes so difficult to control his illness. Besides, the affected patient suffers from tremendous mental afflictions", he added.
He underscored the need for raising awareness to take proper mental treatment for the betterment of a patient's physical and mental sickness.
"Wide range of public awareness is needed in this regard to overcome mental sickness", he said.
However, Prof Dr Md Harunur Rashid said Bangladesh needs a comprehensive mental health policy, which can contribute significantly to strengthen the entire mental health development initiatives from both public and private sectors.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

FIFA backs English players' social media boycott over racism


AP, England :FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from ...

International »

US President Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day


President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated on Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign - even before the American people and lawmakers see the full probe report."Game Over," Trump tweeted, using a "Game of Thrones" style montage ...

Entertainment »

Shanta Jahan in Australia for hosting


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Shanta Jahan is a popular host of present time. Though she acts sometimes but always feels comfortable to present herself as a host to all. For the first time Shanta went to Australia to host a show. She left Dhaka at night on April 18. Today is ...

Editorial »

One is punished for another's sin!


LOCAL media reported that a day labourer was allegedly sent to jail on Wednesday for not paying electricity bill of Tk 4007, even though his house at Mochagora village in Muradnagar upazila in Cumilla district had no electrical line. On Thursday evening, Chief Judicial Magistrate granted him bail after hearing ...

Cricket »

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup


AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all ...

Cricket »

Senior players need to take the responsibility: Faruk Ahmed


Former chief selector Faruk Ahmed insisted on the performance of the senior players, stating that they need to take the onus if Bangladesh want to do well in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.According to Faruk, the condition should give Bangladesh a confidence, given that they stormed into the semifinal ...

Entertainment »

Mehazabien’s Boishakhi works create viewers’ attention


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :For the last few years, Mehazabien Chowdhury established her strong position in media by virtue of her acting quality and skill. She is now getting positive response for acting in two Boishakhi plays. Afran Nisho was her co-actor in these two plays - Tom & Jerry and ...

International »

Turkish opposition takes control of Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending


Reuters, Istanbul :Turkey's main opposition candidate took office as Istanbul mayor on Wednesday after a stunning victory over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, but the new head of the country's largest city still faces an appeal for the vote to be re-run.The final result of the March 31 local elections ...

Editorial »

Power politics in Egypt


A HUGE majority of Egypt's MPs on April 16 approved constitutional amendments to allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. The amendments were initially introduced in February, however after lengthy debates and discussions favouring the Egyptian society it was updated earlier this week. "The president's current term shall expire ...

Football »

Iniesta's J-League club Kobe part ways with coach Lillo


AFP, Tokyo :Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe have terminated the contract of manager Juan Manuel Lillo following a poor run of results, the Japanese club said on Wednesday.The 53-year-old former Real Sociedad and Zaragoza boss won just two of six games since taking charge last October as star-studded Vissel ...

International »

US waging 'financial war' against Palestinians


AP, Ramallah, West Bank :The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring "financial war" on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be "born dead."In his first interview with international media since taking office over the weekend, ...

City »

Various organisations formed a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday marking the International Krishok Sangram Dibash-2019.


Entertainment »

Priya Bapat to take up a web series


Web Series are surely the in thing nowadays and so many actors, irrespective of their stardom, are being seen in them. Marathi superstar Priya Bapat has also bagged a web series called City Of Dreams. Sharing her experience of being part of the series, she says, “Web series are now ...

Editorial »

Urgent steps needed to check outbreak of diarrhoea


AT the advent of summer this year, the number of diarrhoea patients has already crossed the recent records. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and the other city hospitals are struggling to tackle the surge in diarrhoea patients. The diarrhoea patients admitted to the ICDDR,B has crossed the number ...

Cricket »

Tearful Taskin vows to make a strong comeback


Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed vowed to make a strong comeback after being snubbed from the 15-member World Cup squad, announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday.Chocked with emotions as tears were rolling down from his cheek Taskin shared his disappointments with media."Its' ok just pray for me," Taskin ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news