Humanists Urge Govt to Improve Care for Mental Health Patients in Enugu
Humanists have asked the Enugu State government to step up the care and treatment of mental patients in the state. This call has become necessary following disturbing trends linked to lack of proper care for mentally challenged individuals in the state.
A humanist in Enugu, Mr. Chinedu, recounts his personal experiences: “Last weekend, I boarded an Emene bus at Chris-Chemist. A mentally challenged woman (at the station) who was pregnant went into labour. Some people transferred her to a tricycle (known as Keke). Some women surrounded the Keke and were trying to help her deliver the baby when our bus left.”
Chinedu went on to bemoan the lack of support for the mentally challenged persons in the state.
“There is no sort of help for these people in this town. Neither welfare nor medical help. I have been wondering if the state government is unaware of this situation,” he said.
He went on to narrate a tragic incident where a mental patient murdered someone in a neighborhood: “In the long run, we can also sensitize people to stop keeping mental patients at home, where people give them religious treatments. Last year. A mentally sick man in my neighborhood at Emene jumped into a residence through the fence and stabbed an old man to death.
The sister to the mentally sick man kept him at home until he broke his ropes, took a knife, and ran away, resulting in the murder in less than 10 minutes. Mentally sick persons are left to roam the streets.
People chain mental patients at traditional/religious healing centres. Left unattended, mentally challenged persons pose a huge risk to the society in general”.
He noted that it was the duty of the government to address this problem.
He said: “The state government should put in place adequate measures to improve the mental health infrastructure and ensure that mentally challenged individuals get the care and support that they need”.
This disturbing situation of mental health care applies not only to Enugu but to other states across the country. People with mental health issues are abused. They are demonized and subjected to violent exorcism by faith healers. People with mental health challenges are chained and locked up at some homes, at traditional health centres, at Christian, Islamic faith clinics across the country.
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Mental patients are abandoned, and forced to live on the streets and eat from the refuse bins. This should not be the case.
Mental health patients deserve better care and treatment from the people and society.
Humanists are nonreligious and nontheistic individuals who work and campaign to realize a society guided by reason, science, and compassion.
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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
BREAKING: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ-trafficking In UK
A United Kingdom court has found former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50, guilty of an organ-trafficking plot, which saw them bring a 21-year-old man to the UK
They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.
Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.
She was cleared of the same charge.
The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.
NLC Orders Workers To Shut CBN Offices Nationwide Over Naira Scarcity
Worried about the continued scarcity of naira, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has officially declared a nationwide . The national president of the union, Joe Ajaero, gave the directive during a media briefing in Abuja.
Ajaero also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria nationwide.
The NLC earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.
Ajaero told journalists on Wednesday that the industrial action became the last resort of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.
He said the decision to picket the CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN had failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.
Ajaero lamented that despite the Supreme Court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.
He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work.
He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.
“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedevilling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation. Government is still foot-dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.
“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed. Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.
“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise.”
The NLC has no fewer than 43 affiliate unions which include, but not limited to, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
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