Inauguration Program of Mental Health Unit for Adolescent Girls at Lagankhel Program

  • Kathmandu
  • February 15, 2019
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Inauguration Program of Mental Health Unit for Adolescent Girls at Lagankhel

The Mental Health Unit of Adolescents, at Lagankhel-based Mental Hospital has officially come into operation from today. Minister for Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the unit amidst a formal program. The unit, which has been operating in partnership with CWIN-Nepal and Forut-Norway, will provide both inpatient and outpatient services for the mental health treatment of adolescents.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet said that it is a matter of pride that Nepal’s first in-patient service for adolescents was launched at a government-run hospital. Appreciating the contribution of CWIN-Nepal to the establishment of the unit, Minister Basnet lauded the government’s priorities in the field of children’s health. Minister Basnet said, “CWIN Nepal, which has been working for the rights of children in Nepal for 37 years, has worked together with other supporting organizations in collaborating with a Mental Hospital to establish an Adolescent Psychiatry Unit. This can be marked as a milestone in the Mental Health Sector in Nepal. And the government should also play its role in expanding it to all seven provinces. The Ministry is ready to extend it to every part of Nepal and move forward in consultation with you and other stakeholders.” The Mental Health Unit of Adolescents at Lagankhel-based Mental Hospital has officially come into operation from today. Minister for Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the unit amidst a formal program. The unit, which has been operating in partnership with CWIN-Nepal and Forut-Norway, will provide both inpatient and outpatient services for the mental health treatment of adolescents.
On the same occasion, Prem Bahadur Maharjan, a federal lawmaker from Lalitpur constituency-2, said he would raise the issue in parliament to promote the mental health of children and adolescents.

Similarly, Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal Torun Drumdal expressed heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Norwegian government and people for the opportunity to offer strong support in promoting the mental health of Nepali children and adolescents through FORUT Norway and committed to continuing the support.

On behalf of Nepali adolescents, National Adolescent Girls’ Network, Madhesh Province member Khushi Chaurasia said that the establishment of the Adolescent Mental Health Unit on the premises of the Mental Hospital would benefit the adolescents in distress and said that the service should be extended in other hospitals in different parts of Nepal as well.

Sumnima Tuladhar, Executive Director of CWIN-Nepal, highlighted the organization’s work in the mental health rights of children and adolescents and expressed happiness at being able to help in establishing the Adolescent Mental Health Unit within the Mental Hospital. She also urged the government to make provision of skilled human resources required for mental health treatment of children and adolescents in the upcoming budget.
Chaired by Madhukar Tuladhar, chairman of the Mental Hospital Development Committee, the program was attended and addressed by the Director of The Mental Hospital, Dr. Ananta Adhikari. and the Team Leader of The Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Kanti Children’s Hospital, Dr. Arun Kunwar.
CWIN-Nepal, in collaboration with Kanti Children’s Hospital, launched Nepal’s first child and adolescent mental health service in the hospital premises after the 2015 earthquake. Although outpatient services are available, the inpatient service is the first in Nepal to be started in the mental health treatment of adolescents.

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