The Hospital for Mental Health (HMH) in Ahmadabad has teamed up with the city police department to offer a hotline number at which the general population can call to inform if they see any mentally disabled person walking on the streets.
A similar effort was initiated by IPS officer Keshavkumar and while it received a very good initial response, the lack of effort by police and lack of awareness among the citizens meant that it fizzled out.
However the superintendent of HMH, Dr. Ajay Chauhan said that his hospital is committed to publicizing the latest effort and said that he hopes to get at least 25 to 30 patients every month.
"There are many such people who roam the city and they are in need of physical and psychological help. We will begin this project from January 6. At present we get one or two patients every month and this too with the help of police. But we are hopeful of citizens coming forward to help such people once the drive is publicised. We are optimistic that the drive will get us 25 to 30 such patients every month", he added.