“This will be a first-of-its-kind centre in the country which will have a range of dementia services, including acute care, long-term care, respite care to give caregivers a break and palliative care.
Dr Murthy was awarded the WHO Regional Director's Special Recognition Award on 'World No Tobacco Day 2021' last month.
With mental health becoming a key and long-term fallout of the pandemic, the absence of a national policy and framework on mental health is being acutely felt.
The event is part of Vayomanasa Sanjeevani programme launched on World Mental Health Day in 2020 by the Geriatric Clinic and Services at Nimhans.
“We have 40 professional volunteers and have split them into two tertiary and secondary groups to handle the two helplines,” he added.
Now patients at home isolation, Covid Care Centres and hospitals need not fall into depths of depression as they will have experts to talk to and also get some advice on health.
The Commission comprising president KS Bilagi and member V Anurdha said that the complainant had claimed a compensation of Rs 25 lakh, which was an exorbitant amount.
Three candidates from outside NIMHANS, including Dr Padma, had applied for the top post after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had advertised for the post in March last year.
He had feared that the virus could spread to neighbouring states too.
The issues that callers from across the country have brought up since the pandemic hit India are an indicator of its trajectory and the toll it has taken on people’s mental well-being.
Ekanthachari is said to have been collecting and hiding undergarments of his mother and neighbours.
Two days ago, the Karnataka government had made RTPCR negative tests mandatory for all Kerala students studying in five border districts of the state
She is scheduled to take charge as the new Director on February 1 from senior professor of epidemiology and in-charge director Dr G Gururaj.
Extraordinary times need extraordinary measures: New Nimhans chief
According to sources, the appointment of an “outsider” has come as a surprise to many in the institute, because there has been no precedence.