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CEDP Students visit Thane Mental Hospital to help mentally challenged patients

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

CEDP Skill Institute recently organised a visit for the Students of General Duty Assistant (GDA) to Thane Mental Hospital in an effort to make these students understand the primary care to the patients in the hospital who are mentally unwell and get an understanding of what it’s like to work with people with mental health problems

The visit was initiated in an effort to give the students valuable volunteering experience and skills to handle mentally challenged patients. The students and their faculties had a light hearted conversation with the patients over there and the respective ward head guided these students towards the role of Healthcare assistants in taking care of mentally challenged people. As a part of the curriculum, the students of CEDP visit hospitals and healthcare centres and participate in Health Camps for better practical exposure.

Mrs. Shaheen Khan Director of CEDP Skill Institute Mumbai said that “It’s so rewarding not only for us but also for service users. It’s lovely for them to see new faces and to be given an opportunity to step into a different environment altogether since as healthcare assistants, students are used to deal with mentally normal patients. This is new experience for our students understanding the behaviour of mentally challenged people, ways to deal with it and the nursing assistance to be provided for their recovery. It’s very rewarding to know that patients have received the help they needed, have recovered and moved on.”

The visit has continuously proven popular among the students who are offered a range of activities during sessions. Mrs. Ghosh (Sister In charge) and Mr. Ramesh Patil (Psychiatric Brother) guided the students with complete orientation of Male department. It started with introduction to ward no 3 (admission ward for males) and continued with OPD, Counselling department, Criminal ward, Occupational Therapy, Open wards and ECT department. Mr Ramesh Patil gave students detailed information on patient routine, patient care, Staffing pattern of each and every ward, admission and discharge procedures and on Hospital.

The Thane Mental Hospital is about 1500 bedded hospital of which presently 1400 beds are occupied. Admission to the hospital is completely based on decision of Psychiatrist, Superintendent and Magistrate. Students were informed on treatment given to patients, Total patient care, Patient routine and rehabilitation.

About CEDP Skills Institute:
Council of Education and Development Programmes (CEDP) was formed in the year 2010, with a sole objective of providing improved quality of life to individuals and groups through apt training and education. Since then, the organization has strived to provide the most relevant training solutions to not only the metro and the mini-metro cities of the country, but to the most remote geographies so that the student communities at large can benefit from the knowledge gained from the education provided and enhance their employability and therefore, employment opportunities.

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