• ‘IPHB inmates kept in dark over rights’

    Posted By Admin On 29 Mar 2017 || Updated By On


    PANAJI: As part of a study, representatives of both, the National Commission of Women (NCW) and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) conducted site visits and interviewed inmates across the ten selected psychiatric institutes to explore the clinical, social and cultural factors that could affect the lives of women with mental illness. At the IPHB, Bambolim, women patients interviewed expressed dissatisfaction with overcrowding, lack of outdoor activities and reading materials, absence of adequate functional bathrooms, not being permitted to take personal health care decisions, and not being explained their rights and side effects of medicines. The presence of bedbugs, cockroaches and mosquitoes also figured on the complaint list.