CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Oct 7 (PIA) - As part of it strengthened efforts to help persons suffering from mental illnesses, the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development CALABARZON opened recently the Acute Psychiatric Unit located inside the Batangas Medical Center.
According to DOH CHD CALABARZON, the 10-bed psychiatric unit will provide short-term treatment of patients with severe mental health illness for a duration of less than 30 days. Patients who will be required to undergo long-term care will be transferred to another facility with a higher level of care.
DOH CHD CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo formally inaugurated the Acute Psychiatric Unit building on Tuesday, October 6, in time for the celebration of the National Mental Health Week. It was funded and constructed under the health department's facility enhancement program.
Janairo said the establishment of the psychiatric unit "is a realization of the DOH CHD CALABARZON vision for Batangas Medical Center to be a Psychiatric Center in the region."
He stressed that persons suffering from mental illness must be given necessary attention and care.
"Most persons with mental disorders don't seek medical help. Kaya napakaimportante na malaman ang mga palatandaan upang mabigyan agad sila ng pangunahing lunas. Kadalasan sa ating pamilya o kamag-anak ay nagkakaroon tayo ng pakiramdam na "parang may hindi tama" sa kanilang pag-uugali at pag-iisip, we must be able to recognize these signs before it comes full blown," Janairo emphasized.
"Mental health must begin in childhood. Dapat pangalagaan natin ang ating mga anak. They must grow up with the feeling of safety and security and protected from any harm," the regional health chief added.
Among the five most common mental disorders that can be treated in the APU are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and other psychotic disorders.
Dr. Anne Marie Pineda, chief of the psychiatry department of the Batangas Medical Center said the acute psychiatric inpatient hospitalization is a high level of care intended to meet the needs of individuals who exhibits emotional and behavioral signs that put them at risk of harm to themselves or to others.
"Some individuals are incapable to render or unable to care for themselves. We have to admit them for treatment with the presence of a 24-hour staff complete with medication and supervision," she explained.
According to DOH CHD CALABARZON, the opening of the psychiatric unit complements its mental health program "Kapit-Bisig Helpline" which reaches out to persons with mental disorders and concerns. (with reports from DOH CHD CALABARZON)