CAGAYAN de Oro City--A councilor has expressed disappointment over the kind of mental health care situation in the city saying "is not active compared to Taiwan."
“(The) Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) has 600 beds and JR Borja General Hospital has 200, but no psychiatric beds… nine private hospitals in our city do not have any psychiatric beds, only the House of Hope,” said Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane in her special report during the regular session Monday, November 25, presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy.
Gaane, who chairs the City Council committee on health and health insurance, reported about her travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan last November 12-16, 2019.
Gaane was designated as Ambassador of Goodwill to participate in the 2019 International Mental Health Training Center in Taiwan.
She said the conference focused on sharing of experiences in mental health care in five countries – Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Philippines.
She reported that there are four mental health facilities in Taiwan, one of which is the Tsaotsun Psychiatric Center, the only public mental hospital that provides long-term care for the disadvantaged psychotic patients without family support.
“We want to standardize the practice of mental health in communities. We want to deliver quality mental health services in an efficient manner while involving as many agencies as possible,” she pointed out.
With this, Gaane proposed that the City Council pass a mental health code in compliance with the Mental Health Act of 2019.
“We challenge the 19th City Council to join hands in addressing this pressing health problem of our time. This advocacy would take time to gain traction, but there is no other way to go about it,” she concluded. The Power
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