Following a meeting of Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria with state Health Minister Deepak Sawant, steps will now be taken towards improving police hospitals across the state to provide better medical facilities to police personnel.
The city has five police hospitals and 12 dispensaries. Sawant Wednesday declared that a cardiology department would now be set up at every police hospital for its officers.
“We realised that specialised services in police hospitals are less. Efforts will be made to install X-ray, MRI and CT scan facilities at such hospitals,” said Sawant.
The move to improve the existing hospital infrastructure comes after a police sub-inspector committed suicide at Vakola Police station, earlier this month, after shooting his senior.
While the police along with a team of city-based psychiatrists is conducting a psycho-analysis to screen officers of all ranks for depression and suicidal tendencies, this move aims to provide improved medical care to those found struggling with mental illness.
According to police surgeon Dr S M Patil, a psychiatrist visits the hospital every week to provide counselling services to police officers, but there is no facility to reach out to those who are not admitted. “We will also recruit more counsellors and psychiatrists to cater to mental health problems of police personnel,” Sawant added.
Dr Kaminidevi Bhoir, honorary psychiatrist for police force, said alcohol addiction was also an issue in the police force. “It is indicative of the high stress levels in them,” she said. The hospital will now increase the involvement of ‘Alcohol Anonymous’, an NGO working towards de-addiction , to counsel its officers.