Quito, March 28, 2023
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) promotes actions to strengthen mental health services at the three levels of care. To this end, it implements the National Mental Health Policy 2023-2028 that maintains a family and community approach aimed at the promotion, prevention, recovery and rehabilitation of people with common and serious mental disorders; as well as the prevention and integral approach of the socioeconomic phenomenon of Drugs.
This Policy contemplates axes such as organization of services; mental health in primary care; human Resources; promotion; interculturality; human rights and research.
Similarly, under the investment project called Development of the Strategy for the Comprehensive Approach to the Socioeconomic Phenomenon of Drugs and Strengthening of Mental Health The hiring of health professionals is financed to improve the quality of care at the first and second level on a national scale. It also includes personnel for the design and implementation of comprehensive prevention strategies for drug use.
From March 28 to 30, 2023, the MSP develops the selection process for hiring 178 health professionals, through the Find Employment platform of the Ministry of Labor, which can be accessed at: https://encuentraempleo .work.gob.ec
It is expected to have 52 psychologists, 42 social workers, 42 occupational therapists, 23 psychiatrists and 19 follow-up analysts for the drug and mental health project.
In 2020, the MSP registered 640,589 mental health care due to morbidity; in 2021, a total of 716,365; and in 2022 the attentions add up to 956,062. Among the disorders treated we can mention: symptomatic mental, emotional, neurotic, behavioral disorders related to consumption, personality, mood, schizophrenia, among others.
It is worth mentioning that this State portfolio has a network of services in health centers to receive professional and free mental health care, intensive outpatient and hospital treatment, as well as Specialized Centers for the Treatment of People with Problematic Alcohol Consumption and other drugs (CETAD), through line 171, option 6.