The national health insurance provider, Aasandha Company Limited, has revealed over 81,000 people had sought psychological treatment over the last two years.
As per the statistics revealed by Aasandha, 81,864 people had sought psychological treatment through Aasandha between February 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. This includes 43,988 patients in 2020 and 37,876 patients in 2021. The psychological treatment provided through Aasandha during this period amounts to over MVR 25.6 million.
Before Aasandha added mental health services across all healthcare facilities to its coverage, the service was only available at the Centre for Mental Health established at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in 2019. The establishment of the Centre for Mental Health also saw an increase in people seeking psychological treatment, with over 44,000 mental health patients recorded during 2019 compared to an annual average of 10,000-35,000 during previous years.