‘Dua se dawa tak’ scheme in UP’s 40 districts to treat mentally-ill patients

  • | Friday | 11th January, 2019

Bareilly: The UP government has been running “dua se dawa tak” scheme in 40 districts of the state to treat mentally-ill patients at religious sites. Under this scheme, a team of doctors, psychologists and social workers visit religious sites every Thursday and give medicines to patients. In most of the cases, patients’ families believe they are “possessed” and take them to religious sites instead of taking them to a hospital. The officials tell the management of religious places that they can continue to treat these patients through prayers while they give them medicines. A majority of the patients, who go to religious sites for treatment, are illiterate and have immense faith in the divine than on undergoing treatment for their ailments, officials said.

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