KHANH HOA (VNS)— The central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has decided to use VND90 billion (US$4.3 million) from the central and provincial budgets to support and rehabilitate those suffering from mental disorders for the 2013-20 period.
The province will spare VND60 billion ($2.9million) to build a rehabilitation centre for the mentally ill. When it opens in 2015, the centre will provide treatment to 300 chronically ill patients and rehabilitate 200 others per year.
Another VND27 billion ($1.3 million) will be used to build two clinics for preventing and treating mental diseases: one based in the provincial hospital and one in Ninh Hoa Commune's healthcare centre.
This model will be replicated in seven other districts in the province.
The rest of the investment will be spent on human resource development for the sector and raising community awareness about mental disorders.
The province has more than 3,000 mental disorder cases, of which two-thirds are severe, according to the province's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department. This number is forecast to rise to 5,000 by 2020.
However, only 100 patients are cared for at social sponsoring centres in the province.
About 15 per cent of the Vietnamese population, or about 12 million people, have mental problems, according to the Ministry of Health. The most common mental disorder in the country is depression. — VNS