Tele-Psychiatric, Psychological Services Started In J&K

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday launched tele-psychiatric, psychological services across Kashmir Valley to motivate people to remain mentally and physically healthy besides to dispel their stress, fear and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to an official spokesperson, the tele–psychiatric and psychological services have been started in Kashmir division on the directions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole to dispel stress, fear and anxiety among the people during the ongoing Pandemic.

Under the directions of Pole, a team of doctors and experts shall remain available for the general public through various toll free numbers and mobile phones from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm to provide counselling to people for their strong mental and physical health.

“The counselling is one among the measures taken to enhance and boost the motivation of people to remain both mentally and physically healthy and shall enhance the motivation and positivity among the people particularly Covid- affected persons during the home isolation period,” the official spokesperson said.

Among other doctors, he said, a team of consultants from department of Psychiatry IMHANS-K, GMC Srinagar shall include Dr Mohammad Maqbool (Prof &Head) who shall be available on his phone number- 7889818196.

The other doctors who will be available to take calls include

Dr Yasir Hussain-7006690548

Dr Rayees Ahmad- 6005027377

Dr Junaid Nabi-9797199799

Dr Altaf Ahmad- 7006244948

Dr Shabir Ahmad- 7006296837

Dr Fazle -9696028541.

Besides it, a team of Psychologists shall be available to the public on Monday, Thursday and Saturday respectively. They have been spared for 3 days only to ensure smooth running of other services, the official spokesperson said. The Psychologists include:

Dr Sadaqat Rehman- 9419038368

Masood Maqbool- 6006175374

Aijaz Ahmad- 7006314064

“The purpose of the counselling is to illuminate the people currently in home situation, guide about precautions, maintaining Covid behaviour and precautions besides assisting the general public in living a healthy life during the pandemic,” the official spokesperson said.

He further said that in these unprecedented times, such steps would not only benefit the people in home isolation but would also be effective in breaking the chain.

The team shall be available between 10:30am to 4:00 pm daily.

“Moreover, Dr Iftikhar Hussain, In Charge ISM Covid-19 Kashmir has been instructed to ensure smooth supply and distribution of Immune boosting medicines among general public and forces including Army, Police and paramilitary forces in all contaminated zones,” the official spokesperson added.

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