Institute of Mental Health patient still missing after 11 yrs

In July 2007, Sajad Ahmad Wani was admitted to IMHANS after he was diagnosed of schizophrenia and a month later he fled from the hospital. Since then he is missing.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 1:16AM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 1:16AM
Institute of Mental Health patient still missing after 11 yrsFile Photo

Eleven years after a psychiatric patient fled from the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), medical superintendent of the hospital says it is difficult to ascertain why he fled.

In July 2007, Sajad Ahmad Wani was admitted to IMHANS after he was diagnosed of schizophrenia and a month later he fled from the hospital. Since then he is missing.

A petition was filed in 2015 with State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) by Ghulam Nabi Wani, father of Sajad Ahmad Wani seeking intervention from the commission to trace out his missing son.

The commission asked the medical superintendent of IMHANS to submit a report before the commission regarding the negligence on part of the hospital.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the medical superintendent states, “has banned any kind of physical restraint including handcuffing of patients, so at times patients do run away from hospital, but we inform the concerned police station and also the family.”

“Record keeping was manual till 2014 and the hospital has digitized the process since last three years. Keeping the fact in mind, it took me several days to accumulate the information and eventually I found out that the said patient was admitted in psychiatry hospital on 12th July, 2007 and was diagnosed of schizophrenia.”

However, SHRC announced a compensation of five lakh rupees in favour of the father of the missing patient.