“Can’t Remember Anything”: My Investigation On The Poor State Of Bangladeshi Mental Hospitals
People don't have a lot of idea about mental illness in Bangladesh, but mental health problems are increasing daily. The number of people suffering from mental health problems is more than the number of doctors to treat them. The largest mental hospital is in Hemayatpur, Pabna. It was established in 1957 and although it is enormous, it lacks a modern methodology to treat mental health problems. The hospital has 500 seats, and currently, 450 seats are occupied. Each day approximately 200 to 300 people come for treatment here and leave with a medication prescription; only the most serious cases are admitted into the hospital. Those who work in this hospital also face a lot of risks. Sometimes the nurses are victims of attacks by the mentally ill patients here.
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Due to these risks, many people don't want to work in mental hospitals. Many patients admitted to this hospital were left by their family members who submitted the wrong residential address and never returned to take their patients home. Some patients' families have not visited them in 15-20 years, even though they have become cured. Some have not been cured even after their long time there. They still wait for their relatives to take them home. However, now no one can admit any mentally ill patients using fake addresses. The biggest problem in this country is that people don't take mental health problems seriously. Many people here tease people with mental health problems, taunt them, and sometimes these people can even be family members. These people suffering from mental health problems don't get any peace of mind at home or even at the hospital due to a lack of modern treatment.