Mental health training

Dear Editor,
Speaking at the launch of a nine-month Pharmacy Assistant training programme in Region Six on Saturday, Advisor to the Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, talked about various training programmes in place to boost the health care landscape.
Especially significant is the training of bio-medical technicians, which would ensure that medical equipment no longer sit idle for months, if not years, because they cannot be repaired. Now they can. But also significant by its omission is mention of any training with respect to mental health.
The Caribbean Voice fervently hopes that this omission is not an indication that mental health training programmes are not part of this enhanced approach to health care, thus we humbly request Dr Ramsammy and the Ministry of Health to please inform the nation about the various training programmes on stream or on the table for mental health care.

Annan Boodram