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March 15, 2013

Psychiatrist from Vijayawada bags Teacher’s Achievement Award

City-based psychiatrist Vishal Indla has been conferred the prestigious Teacher’s Achievement Award for Young Achievers.

The award was given to Dr. Vishal at a glittering function in Mumbai along with other winners like Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, makemytrip CEO Deepak Kalra, Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna, Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar and film director Ramesh Sippy. The awards were given to persons based on their achievements in different fields. Mr. Sippy was given a life time achievement award.

Addressing a press conference, Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Muttavarapu Murali Krishna said here on Wednesday that the award was an enormous achievement and a matter of pride for the people of Vijayawada.

Dr. Vishal said that he was shortlisted from numerous entries from across the country and then the jury picked him as the winner based on his personal achievements and his “efforts in promoting positive thinking and allaying the stigma associated with mentally ill”. Many of his programmes were reported in The Hindu .

March, 23, 2013

Mending muddled minds

Chatline Vishal Indla helps mentally ill persons navigate through difficult terrains dotted with bizarre emotions. P. Sujatha Varma engages the psychiatrist, who recently received Young Achievers’ Award, in a tête-à-tête
 
In a psychiatrist’s waiting room, two patients strike a conversation. One asks the other: “Why are you here?” The second answers: “I’m Napoleon, so the doctor told me to come here.” The first is curious and asks: “How do you know that you’re Napoleon?”

The second responds: “God told me I was.” At this point, a patient on the other side of the room shouts: “NO I DIDN’T!”

All of us enjoy such jokes without sparing a thought for the psychiatrist who is vulnerable to experiencing burnout. Besides high work demands and changing culture in mental health services, violence and suicidal tendency in patients are other challenges.

It takes a lot of commitment and patience to stay unruffled while dealing with such situations. City-based Indla Vishal belies this premise. This almost-6 feet-tall (183 cms to be precise) 33-year-old-and-married-with-two-kids unflurriedyoung- psychiatrist can easily pass off as city’s one of the most eligible bachelors. His refined manners and a cultured mind are supplemented by his practical ability.

In addition to managing a 60-bed VIMHANS (Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) in the city, he is also the Chairman of Young Psychiatrists Forum of Indian Psychiatric Society, executive council member of the national chapter of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry and Andhra Pradesh State chapter of Indian Psychiatric Society.

After completing MD from NIMHANS, Bangalore, he elbowed out lucrative offers from Australia and returned to Vijayawada in 2006. “To break the monotony of examining patients from dawn-to-dusk, we introduced academics as part of medical service by applying for DNB (Diplomate of National Board) course, thus adding a label of a postgraduate institution to the clinic. People mistake ‘V’ in VIMHANS for Vishal. It is my way of expressing gratitude to NIMHANS and Vijayawada, the two places that have given me all I have today,” he says, explaining that care is taken to run VIMHANS on the lines of NIMHANS.

A native of Proddutur in Kapada district, Vishal’s father, renowned psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy, moved to this city when Vishal was just three. “Psychiatry is labour intensive. You need to spend time with the patient and quality of care can improve only when you have trained hands. We also do a lot of high-end clinical research for illnesses like schizophrenia. Earlier, we were focussed on helping patients control aggression but now we are also looking at helping them join the mainstream by making them normal,” he says.

The stigma linked to psychiatry saddens Vishal. “We have some patients coming to us with their wedding cards when their condition improves. They tell us that they wanted to keep us informed and leave with carefully chosen words like ‘even if you don’t come it’s O.K’. People are secretive about visiting a psychiatric.” Ruing the bleak scenario, he says there may be around 4,000 psychiatrists in India against nearly 6,000-odd them of Indian origin in the United States.

“In western nations, psychiatrists are like family physicians and this is because of their high level of awareness. I want to see psychiatry become a household terminology here in India; The body gets ill and so does the mind. Why harbour guilt about it.”

A movie buff, travelling, reading and gymming are his other indulges. His wife Swapna is an ophthalmologist and the couple has two sons, five and two-years-old.

He is also into meditation. “If not anything else, I try to be silent because I believe in the power of silence. As I grow older, I realise that every soul is in pursuit of happiness and it is possible only by staying positive in life.”

VIJAYAWADA, May 15, 2012

Depression ranked third in global disorders

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked unipolar depressive disorders as the third leading cause of the global burden in 2004 and it will move into the first place by 2030 beating heart attack, Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Science (VIMHANS) Chief Psychiatrist Vishal Indla.

Celebrating the World Mental Health Day at the institute here on Wednesday Dr Vishal said the world woke up to the importance of mental health and today the WHO had also announced that there was “no health without mental health”.

But medical care was still not available to the mentally ill in a large and populous country like India. People were still very superstitious about the mentally ill and they were taken to local exorcists for treatment.

Dr Vishal said that there was also an acute shortage of psychiatrists in the country. While there was one psychiatrist for population of 1,000 in developed countries the number was one for a population of four lakh in the country.

Psychiatrist under training Manjari Despande welcomed the gathering.

Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu lauded the services of VIMHANS to the people of Krishna district and Coastal Andhra.

The MLA said that he would take the various issues related to the treatment of the mentally ill and IPC section 306 in which cases were being booked on those who attempt suicide to the government.

VIMHANS founder and director Indla Ramasubba Reddy said the booking of cases on those who attempt suicide was unscientific, inhuman to the point of cruel.

The related legislation should be changed. Dr Reddy said there were several welfare schemes for the mentally ill, on the lines of those for the physically challenged, but the people were not getting the benefit because of their poor implementation.

The acute shortage of trained personnel was the primary cause for the poor implementation. Veteran journalist and newspaper columnist Andavalli Satyanarayana said that Dr Reddy did a great service to the people of the city by setting up a practice here.

He said the services of Dr Vishal who heads a research institute was also invaluable. Prices were given away to a few patients who participated in a painting competition conducted on the occasion of Mental Health Day.

August, 18, 2012


Now it’s brain drain of Psychiatrists
   

Young Psychiatrists Forum chairman Indla Visal Reddy addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Friday. Photo: By Arrangement
There are more psychiatrists of Indian origin in US than in India

After the Indian ‘brain drain’, it is drain of those who cure brain disorders. There are more psychiatrists of Indian origin in the United States than there are psychiatrists in India. The tremendous demand for psychiatrists abroad and the obstacles for setting up a practice in the country are two of the primary reasons for the specific type of brain drain.

The Young Psychiatrists Forum (YPF), a wing of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS), will for the first time conduct a continuing medical education programme here on Sunday to help young psychiatrists in the country to cope with the various problems they are facing in setting up practices. Over 500 delegates from all over the country will participate.

The YPF chairman and organising secretary of the day-long National CME programme Vishal Indla addressing a press conference here on Friday said there were around 4,000 psychiatrists in the country, but the number of psychiatrists of Indian origin in the USA alone was more then 4,000.

The ratio of psychiatrists to the population in the country was, one for a population of four lakh. The ratio of psychiatrists to population in countries such as UK and USA was, one for 400 to 1,000 people. The minimum number of psychiatrists required for India was 16,000. Even with that many psychiatrists the ratio would be one doctor for a population one lakh. The gap between supply and demand was being met by “faith healers” (boothavaidyulu) who do not treat the patients scientifically, Dr. Vishal said.

CME organising committee chairperson Indla Ramasubba Reddy said a lot many permissions were required to establish a psychiatric hospital because there were several legal implications for patients. Once declared mentally ill, the patient loses several rights, he said.

Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy will inaugurate the programme and IPS national president Roy Abraham Kallivayalli will presided.



VIJAYAWADA, June 1, 2012
Why this fatal temptation?

On World No Tobacco Day, doctors and anti-tobacco activists are all trying to promote awareness on the harm being caused by tobacco products. Smoking harms nearly every organ — heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder, and digestive organs. Most tobacco users (or abusers) know that it will cause harm to them, but yet they indulge in it.

This is mostly because of the effect the nicotine in the smoke has on the brain, says psychiatrist Vishal Indla.

Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled, or smoked. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette in five minutes. A person who smokes about 30 cigarettes daily gets 300 “hits” of nicotine each day.

While chewing tobacco either directly or consuming it as paan masala, gutka, and mawa is addictive, smoking is most addictive because the nicotine is absorbed into the arterial system and reaches the brain in less than 15 seconds. Peak effects are seen within a few minutes. So users feel an immediate high.

For that ‘kick'

Brain circuits require more and more to achieve the same high subsequently. “Someone who starts with one cigarette, watching his friends or a hero in a film, has to take more and more of them to maintain the same ‘kick'. This is part of developing ‘tolerance' to the substance,” Dr. Vishal says.

Cigarettes improve attention and reaction time, elevate mood, decrease anxiety, depressive symptoms, and hunger, making the smokers believe that it is good for them, but the brain crave for more cigarettes. The positive effects wane off and the negative medical impacts on the body show up.

Quitting tobacco is essential because of its effects on the brain. According to studies on smokers who tried to quit by themselves, 33 per cent of smokers were able to abstain for two days and 3 to 5 per cent were able to abstain for one year. Most smokers make several attempts to quit and 50 per cent of them eventually quit. Currently, there are some excellent treatment options for quitting tobacco. These include Nicotine Replacement or substitution options taken under the guidance of a qualified psychiatrist. Family support is vital in quitting, Dr. Vishal of Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences says.

VIJAYAWADA, July 6, 2011
'Youth prime target of global drug peddlers' Psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy making a power point presentation at an awareness workshop on drug abuse at the police commissionerate in Vijayawada on Tuesday. Commissioner of Police Amit Garg, former MP Chennupati Vidya, Narcotics Control Bureau regional director Davidson, and drug control department assistant director Vijay Kumar are also seen.

There is a great need to increase awareness on drug abuse and prevention as the Indian youth have become prime targets for the international drug peddlers, who are looking for vulnerable youth to expand their narcotic trade, said S. Davidson, regional director of Southern Region, Narcotics Control Bureau, Union Ministry of Home Affairs. "Not much was known about cocaine here a few years back. But now it is available and there are youngsters who can afford to buy this at Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per gram everyday. Efforts should be made to see that there is no demand for this by creating awareness," said Mr. Davidson. Addressing as a chief resource person at an awareness workshop on "Drug abuse and awareness among youth and college students" here on Tuesday, Mr. Davidson said the seriousness of the situation could be gauged from the fact that produced somewhere in South America, cocaine was now finding its way into the hands of youth at many cities and towns in the country. Where pub culture and night life were flourishing, peddlers from South Africa were looking for vulnerable youth and this should be addressed with awareness through formation of anti-narcotic clubs at college level, he added. The City Police Commissionerate organised the workshop to which principals, faculty and students were also invited to share the experiences and information. Police Commissioner Amit Garg, who welcomed the gathering, said they had to tackle a few cases of drug abuse in the city these days and the department was of the view that college managements and students should be sensitised to the threats lying ahead. He said colleges also should also organise awareness programmes on drug abuse as part of prevention. About 28 cases of illegal possession of narcotic substances were booked from July last year to June, 2011 and large quantities of ganja was seized. Noted psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy and Deputy Commissioner of Police M. Ravindranath Babu made power point presentations when they explained about the myths and facts about the abuse of different drugs among different sections. Among those who addressed the workshop include former MP Chennupati Vidya, and drug control department assistant director Vijay Kumar.

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011

Award for Indla

VIJAYAWADA: City based psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy has been conferred with the prestigious Delhi Telugu Academy Vishishta Puraskaram for 2011 in the field of medicine. Dr. Indla will be presented the award at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in the presence of local Minister, MPs, MLAs, senior IAS officers and other dignitaries on April 23. This award was conferred to Dr. Rama Subba Reddy for his outstanding services in the field of mental health in Andhra Pradesh, especially for creating awareness and removing stigma for mental illness and also educating the masses through his regular columns and authoring seven books in Telugu on various Psychological problems.

VIJAYAWADA, March 23, 2011

Students told to think beyond academics

Renowned psychiatrist Indla Vishal Reddy on Monday said that in the present competitive era, students must go beyond academics and excel in other fields as well. He was addressing a meeting organised in connection with the Winners' Day celebrations at Amma Kalyana Mandapam. KKR Gowtham School at Ramachandra Nagar organised the event. He said educational institutions must strive to groom children into all-round personalities to suit the present-day needs. Dr. Reddy said parents must also remember that not all children could become all-rounders. They must, therefore, identify their wards' special talent in a particular field and help them hone their skills. "Students must not be brought under pressure for the sake of ranks. They must be given enough scope to showcase their talent in other fields as well," he emphasised. Later, he gave away prizes to winners of various games and sports events. A cultural programme that followed entertained the viewers.

VIJAYAWADA, December 30, 2010

Spend quality time with children: expert

Psychiatrist Indla Vishal addresses parents on "Art of Parenting" at Bloomingdale Playschool in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Spending quality time with children is the most precious gift that one can give them and there is no substitute for it, says psychiatrist Vishal Reddy Indla. Addressing a group of parents on the topic 'Art of Parenting' at Bloomingdale playschool on Wednesday, Mr. Vishal pointed out that the parents of 21st century were facing more challenges in raising their children than those of previous generations. Till about 50 years ago these kinds of challenges were unheard of. Stressing the importance of spending quality time with children, he said that it would greatly improve the bonding with the family and also act against some of the evils in the society. He suggested that the parents reward good behaviour of the children and disapprove bad behaviours as and when these occurred. According to the psychiatrist, the days of studying only for the sake of examination and for marks became redundant. A child who could easily master multiplication need not necessarily be more intelligent in overall terms than a child who struggles to do so. The second child may be stronger in another kind of intelligence. Elaborating on what constitutes intelligence and various scientific methods for measuring it, Mr. Vishal said merely scoring good marks was not an indication of intelligence. The ability to adapt to various situations, skills in language, communication, visual spatial areas, logical arithmetic and interpersonal skills were the important components of intelligence, he said. Enthusiastic parents interacted with the psychiatrist and got their doubts and certain issues relating to their children clarified. Many parents sought to know the dos and don'ts of parenting. Bloomingdale principal P. Nageswari and other teaching staff were present on the occasion.

Sunday, Oct 31, 2010

Movies impact children more: expert

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Psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy makes a presentation during an
interaction with media in Vijayawada on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: While it has been proved scientifically that movies have a definitive impact on people's minds in general, it is the children who are the most vulnerable in this respect, says noted psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy. Making a power point presentation on "Impact of movies on mind" organised by the AP Counselling Psychologists' Association (APCPA) on Saturday, the director of the Vijayawada Institute of Mental & Neuro Sciences said that the influence of cinema on society was such that movie stars became chief ministers in Tamil Nadu and continued to dominate the political scene in that state in a big way. In AP too, N.T. Rama Rao became chief minister while Chiranjeevi could enter the political arena seeing much scope to flourish. Dr. Reddy said that in the US the violence and horror shown in Hollywood movies had led to the occurrence of several ghastly incidents, including indiscriminate gunning down of students on college campuses by misguided youths. "It is an undeniable fact that fans imitate their matinee idols in every respect. Certain incidents depicted in movies also drive some people to imitate them in real life. Suicide by lovers shown in a movie had an influence on some people sometime ago," he pointed out. Dr. Reddy regretted that the role of a psychiatrist was usually portrayed negatively in most movies, but Hollywood movies like "A Beautiful Mind" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" led to a shift towards a positive portrayal of psychiatry. Psychiatrist Parvathaneni Krishna Mohan, APCPA president T.S. Rao, VIMHANS chief psychiatrist Indla Vishal Reddy and others were present. They said that the impact of movies was significant on society because cinema was the most easily accessible source of entertainment for a vast majority of the masses. The emergence of various powerful cinematic techniques and its rich audio-visual appeal had led to even more penetration of cinema. They said that it would do a better service to society if film actors appeared in special movie clippings advising their fans not to imitate bad behaviours of characters in films.


Monday, Oct 11, 2010

'Chronic diseases impact mental health'
VIJAYAWADA: A physically sound person cannot be considered healthy if he or she is 'not' mentally sound. This is said very clearly in the revised definition of health by the World Health Organisation (WHO) "No health without mental health," said VIMHANS director Vishal Indla.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day (October 10) here on Sunday, Dr. Vishal and Indian Psychiatry Society Vijayawada chapter president R.K. Ayodhya said that the theme for the World Mental Health Day this year was ‘Mental health and chronic diseases: need for continued, integrated care'.

Dr. Vishal said the World Federation for Mental Health listed cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disorders and obesity as the chronic health disorders that had an impact on the mental health of the patients. Many of the so-called multi speciality hospitals do not have a psychiatry wing equipped to deal with the needs of patients being treated for these chronic ailments, he said. According to the World Federation of Mental Health statistics, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disorders cause 60 per cent deaths.

Staff shortage

Dr. Vishal said that there was an acute shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists in the country. While one lakh psychiatrists and psychologists were needed in the country, there were only 4,000. Ironically there were 10,000 psychiatrists and psychologists of Indian-origin in the United States, he said.

Amazing advances had been made in the field of psychiatry, but awareness about the symptoms of mental diseases was extremely poor Dr Ayodhya said.
 


Saturday, Aug 14, 2010

Freedom from alcohol' on I-Day
Kick the habit: Psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy conducting an awareness programme on 'Freedom From Alcohol' in Vijayawada on Friday.  

VIJAYAWADA: To celebrate Independence Day in its true sense on August 15, Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (VIMHANS) at Suryaraopet, run by psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy and his son Vishal Indla, will host a special camp on the hospital premises.

 

The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. medical camp, being organised with the slogan 'Freedom from alcohol', will include free consultation, distribution of medicines, counselling and an awareness programme. Those interested in availing themselves of the medical services offered at the camp must get their names enrolled by contacting 2442174 or 9032664724 by 9 a.m. on August 15.

Commissioner of Income Tax, Vijayawada, K. Ajay Kumar will inaugurate the camp.

The camp was mainly for people who were desperate to shun alcohol but find themselves helpless, said Dr. Ramasubba Reddy at a press conference on Friday. Depending on the intensity of the problem, the addicted person will be kept under observation at the hospital for a couple of weeks to treat the physical harm caused due to alcohol consumption. Then the person will be put on anti-craving drugs that trigger an aversion for alcohol. The focus will then shift to making the individual lead a normal life, he said.

The 'patients' would be under the protective wings of a team of doctors including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers and counsellors.

The 'de-addiction' doctors' team will be headed by Dr. Vishal, who has studied the latest methods of dealing with the problem in reputable institutions.

 

Monday, Mar 26, 2007

VIMHANS aiming at D.N.B recognition

Though the demand for medical specialists is increasing each year, only a few are being churned out to meet the growing needs of people

The Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (VIMHANS), formerly Prashanti Hospital, will soon begin courses to churn out specialist psychiatrists with post-graduate qualification. It is all set to develop into a destination for medicos wanting to pursue higher studies and research under the leadership of noted psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy.

The institute, which provides under its roof memory, brain and such special clinics, is said to be unique in the coastal region and is in the process of getting recognition from the Diplomate National Board (D.N.B.) to offer three-year courses to those having MBBS qualification.

Dr. Ramasubba Reddy wants to develop the VIMHANS into a quality study and research destination. In doing so, he wants to involve fully his son Indla Vishal Reddy, who has an MD and D.N.B. qualification from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

Expensive :

No one disputes that private medical education is the costliest of all. At a time when studying a PG course on a private campus runs into Rs. 20 to Rs. 30 lakhs, not many can afford and it is certainly important to find new ways to make up for the gap. What is increasingly felt is the need to produce more specialist doctors with a PG qualification.

Though the demand for medical specialists is increasing each year, very few are being churned out to meet the growing needs of people. In specialties like psychiatry and cardiology, the requirement is felt even more. For the first time, the VIMHANS is seeking recognition to offer D.N.B. course at its premises in the city from the 2007-`08 academic year. The three-year course will be offered to produce two to three specialist psychiatrists.

VMHANS director Ramasubba Reddy says that the D.N.B. course will help in filling the gap between the demand and availability of specialist psychiatrists. He points out that there are only 3,500 qualified psychiatrists in the country. In the State, there are just 150. "When compared to the West, we have 30 times less number of psychiatrists," he adds.

Stating that the board is promoting all efforts to produce medical specialists, Dr. Ramasubba Reddy says that the VIMHANS has applied for the D.N.B. recognition and it is expected to get the green signal soon. M.D seats in Government medical colleges are not enough to meet the general demand. On the other hand, the M.D. in psychiatry offered at a private college is very costly. Under these circumstances, the D.N.B. has come as a viable route to produce the required specialists.


Monday, Mar 19, 2007

 

  WELL-EQUIPPED: Psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy explaining to MLA Sk. Nasar Vali, Mayor Mallika Begum, VGTM-UDA Chairman Malladi Vishnu and others about the facilities at VIMHANS on Sunday.  

Institute of mental health promises better services
VIJAYAWADA: Psychiatrist Indla Ramasubba Reddy on Sunday said that the Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (VIMHANS), which was the new and spacious version of his Prasanti Hospital, would provide not just treatment but counselling too for all psychiatry-related illnesses.
Addressing the silver jubilee celebrations of the hospital, Dr. Ramasubba Reddy said that it was the first time in the State that a variety of clinics dealing with memory, psychology, brain and other important aspects were brought under a single roof.


A biofeedback apparatus installed at the VIMHANS would help detect tension levels and chronic neural problems, so as to provide better care to patients, he revealed.

People thanked

Dr. Ramasubba Reddy thanked people of the city for extending their cooperation to him for the past 25 years. He said doubts were expressed by many about the feasibility of managing a psychiatry clinic when `Prasanti' was set up in the city in 1982. But the doubts were dispelled and he had been able to rise to occupy top posts in medical fraternity.

Dr. Ramasubba Reddy said his son Indla Vishal Reddy, a gold medallist from the prestigious NIMHANS in Bangalore, opted to stay back in the country to render his services to people of the city, instead of going abroad. Dr. Vishal Reddy, along with Dr. Ramasubba Reddy, would be managing the VIMHANS. "Specialised care is what we need in the fast-changing scenario.

Memory clinics and the like will really help children struggling with their studies and also parents who are unable to deal with pressure," Dr. Ramasubba Reddy felt.

Journalist Turlapaty Kutumba Rao congratulated Dr. Ramasubba Reddy on doing the city proud by becoming the president of the SAARC Countries' Psychiatry Federation.


Monday, Mar 17, 2007
Vimhans silver jubilee

Vijayawada: The Prasanthi Hospital of Dr. Indla Ramasubba Reddy will be rechristened as the Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Vimhans) on the occasion of its silver jubilee celebrations, on Sunday. Addressing newsmen here on Friday, Vimhans director Indla Ramasubba Reddy said the hospital would be equipped with technologies like EEG and bio-feed back machines. Apart from this, a memory clinic, an alcohol and drug de-addiction clinicand psychological lab would be few other important features of the Vimhans. Dr. I Vishal Reddy, who is specially trained in alcohol and drug de-addiction, would supervise the functioning of the de-addiction clinic, he said.

Dr. Ramsubba Reddy said a child guidance clinic would also be started to deal with behavioural problems in children. Dr. Reddy said Panchayat Raj minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy, Mayor Mallika Begum, MP Lagadapati Rajgopal, MLAs Nasar Vali, Vangaveeti Radha Krishna, Devineni Rajasekhar and others would attend the celebrations, he said.

 

Monday, Mar 17, 2007
Vimhans silver jubilee

Vijayawada: The Prasanthi Hospital of Dr. Indla Ramasubba Reddy will be rechristened as the Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Vimhans) on the occasion of its silver jubilee celebrations, on Sunday. Addressing newsmen here on Friday, Vimhans director Indla Ramasubba Reddy said the hospital would be equipped with technologies like EEG and bio-feed back machines. Apart from this, a memory clinic, an alcohol and drug de-addiction clinicand psychological lab would be few other important features of the Vimhans. Dr. I Vishal Reddy, who is specially trained in alcohol and drug de-addiction, would supervise the functioning of the de-addiction clinic, he said.

Dr. Ramsubba Reddy said a child guidance clinic would also be started to deal with behavioural problems in children. Dr. Reddy said Panchayat Raj minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy, Mayor Mallika Begum, MP Lagadapati Rajgopal, MLAs Nasar Vali, Vangaveeti Radha Krishna, Devineni Rajasekhar and others would attend the celebrations, he said.