Psychiatric Emergency Service Lacking

Psychiatric Emergency Service LackingPsychiatric Emergency Service Lacking

It is estimated that 750,000 people in Iran suffer from schizophrenia. However, many schizophrenics have not been identified since they don’t seek treatment because “they are afraid of being hospitalized or labeled mentally ill,” said Tayyebeh Dehbashi, head of the Iranian Society Supporting Individuals with Schizophrenia.

Pointing to shortages in healthcare services for schizophrenic patients she said, “No free ambulance service is provided to them and if they need emergency transport to a hospital they have to pay $125 (5 million rials) for a private ambulance,” reported.  “Transferring a schizophrenic patient to a mental hospital is a time-consuming process, because before calling an emergency center, the patient’s family should also call the police (110),” she said, urging the Health Ministry to improve psychiatric emergency service (PES).


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