New curriculum designed to launch degree programme in psychiatry

 New curriculum designed to launch degree programme in psychiatry


   Adama, August 25, 2002 (ENA) - An educational curriculum that would enable to launch a

   psychiatric nurses training at the BSc degree level has reportedly been formulated and tabled

   for scholarly debate.


   A psychiatrist at the Addis Ababa University, Dr. Atalay Alem, said although over 17 per cent

   of the Ethiopian population suffers from psychiatric-related problems, the number of

   psychiatrists available in the country only stands at 10.


   Dr. Atalay made the remarks here yesterday at a relevant workshop organized to evaluate

   the newly designed curriculum.


   He said the Psychiatric Nurses Training School established on the premise of the Amanuel

   Hospital had trained 203 nurses in diploma over the past 16 years.


   Consequently, 45 psychiatric medication centers, set up in the metropolis and states, have

   been rendering services to patients, he said.


   Dr. Atalay, however, said the number of desperately-needed psychiatric centers and skilled

   professionals were not correspondingly adequate with the growing number of patients.


   The new curriculum would enable to augment the number of skilled professionals who would

   engage in the psychotherapy delivery services, he said.


   Dr. Atalay said the newly designed curriculum was expected to be effected as of 1996 E.C.


   Some 25 pertinent professionals drawn from Addis Ababa University, Ministries of Health and

   Education and referral hospitals in the country were in attendance at a two-day workshop.