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Mental Health Act

It will bring discipline in psychological health service, say experts

BSS

The ‘Mental Health Act, 2018’ will bring discipline in the mental health procedures in our country and ensure better treatment for mental patients, said experts, reports BSS.
 “This act will ensure better services to mental patients by brining discipline in the mental health services,” Vice-Chairperson of a not-for- profit advocacy, research and capacity-building organisation specialising in neuro developmental disorders ‘Shuchona Foundation’ and former Vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr Pran Gopal Dutta told BSS.
Prof Dutta said the provision of not establishing any clinic for mental patients without license would help taking tougher action against illegal authorities.
The comment came out after two days of final approval of the ‘Mental Health Act, 2018′ draft by the Cabinet aimed at taking necessary steps for overall welfare of the mental patients in the country and ensuring their rights to property.
According to Associate Professor Dr MA Mohit Kamal National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), this act would bring positive change in the arena of mental health service. No one can even dare to instigate any mental patient to commit any crime as action 
would be taken if anyone tries to do so, he said.
They said implementation of the act is necessary. If the government can ensure the 100 per cent implementation of the act then it would drastically change of the mental health services.
The law will replace the 105-year-old “The Lunacy Act, 1912”, he said adding that the law suggested providing caring services to the patients of mental health, protecting their rights including rights to wealth, rehabilitation and overall 
welfare.
The law also proposed rigorous punishment for provoking any mental patient to commit crime and stringent punishment for setting up and operating mental hospital without license.
According to the law, the government would carry out all activities for expansion, development, control and coordination of the services of the mental patients.
The government would provide long-term treatment of the mental patients and constitute a Mental Health Review Monitoring Committee to facilitate the aggrieved persons to get remedy.
The law also has provisions for setting up and operating hospitals and institutes under private sector for the treatment of the mental patients and providing quality services in this field.
The draft law provides for a fine of Taka 3 lakh or one year rigorous jail or both for a false certificate about the mental health of a person given by any mental health service provider.
A guardian or manager would be found guilty to pay penalty of Taka 5 lakh or suffer three years’ rigorous imprisonment for any negligence in treatment or management of the patient or in preparing the list of property of a mental patient or failure to obey any court order to protect the rights of a mental patient.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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