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96% of mentally ill patients receive treatment, health bureau says

ABOUT 96 percent of 118,000 patients with serious mental diseases in Shanghai have been evaluated and received appropriate treatment such as hospitalization or community-based management and therapy, city health bureau officials said today.
A patient management and accident prevention system was established in the city and it has operated smoothly since early this year.
Due to the system, the number of accidents involving people with serious mental diseases dropped by 50 percent during the six-month World Expo period.
The city handled 159 accidents without any serious results, officials said.
"The system will be put in place long term to better manage mentally sick patients and offer appropriate treatment to them," said Song Guofan from the Shanghai Health Bureau.
Since the Expo started, Shanghai hospitalized 6,490 patients - 4,996 locals, 1,481 from other provinces and about 10 overseas patients - who had violent tendencies because of various mental disorders.
"Doctors will evaluate each patient and decide whether to discharge them in accordance with the disease," Song said.


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