The state is in the race against time to ensure that no person is left openly exposed to the deadly coronavirus.
The Mombasa county government in partnership with the Women Empowerment Network- WEN has officially opened the one hundred and twenty bed capacity center, which will now cater for their medical and basic needs as a precaution to the spread of Covid-19.
In Mombasa, authorities will now begin rounding up all persons suffering from mental health disorders from the streets, taking them to isolation.
The group will be accommodated at a 120-bed capacity center at Mombasa Technical Training Institute which will cater for their medical and basic needs.
The covid 19 holding center for persons with mental illness was officially opened by Likoni Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko on behalf of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.
The mentally ill persons have for a long time been forgotten by the society, during these tough times of the covid-19 pandemic with Mombasa being among the hotspots of the disease that the Women Empowerment Network sort partnership with Mombasa county government to find ways of protecting them from falling prey to the deadly virus.
Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla says coronavirus poses new challenges for the mentally sick thus the need for special focus from authorities and other stakeholders.
Ms Abdallah has called on the national government and other county governments across the country to consider the group as the most vulnerable in society and come up with clear roadmaps on how to contain them and assist them during this period.
Ms Celina Kithinji head of Department of Health care Mombasa said the county government has assured of deploying enough nurses and medication for the mentally ill in the center.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko lauded the initiative during these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic with Mombasa being among the hotspots of the disease.
Ms Mboko challenged Mombasa County government to develop sustainable access to health care for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders, and ensure that the right patients get the right care and treatment at the right time, and in the right setting.