District hospitals to start a Memory Clinic, informed Dr Deepak Sawant

The numbers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients are going up. So, to keep these diseases at bay, district hospitals have decided to start a 'Memory Clinic'. The clinic will be started in Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Thane and Sindhudurg, along with the day care centre, informed Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister

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  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.
  • The decision to start a ‘Memory Clinic’ in all district hospitals of the state was taken at the meeting. Through this clinic, an ‘Early Detection Center’ will be started on Alzheimer’s. After memory tests, the patients will be given the medicines.

Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister said, “Due to the increased life span, there is occurrence of diseases like Alzheimer and dementia. Every week, about 1,400 people undergo check-ups at Thane hospital. Amongst which, 6 to 7 patients are of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Many of them do not come out in open. So, we are also undertaking awareness campaigns regarding the same.”

Speaking to My Medical Manta, Preeti Naravane, Counseling Psychologist based in Mumbai said, “It is a great initiative taken by the state government. This will help the patients to acquire the treatment.”

Dr Heena Merchant, Ex-secretary of the Bombay Psychiatry Association and assistant professor at KEM Hospital said, “This is a good step. The ones who will evaluate these patients should be trained adequately as; the timely detection of dementia can reduce the further problems. So, the patients will benefit from these clinics.”