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Focus on the mentally sick during Covid-19 Gov’t urged

[Mombasa women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

As the country grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic there is need to focus the impact it has on the mentally sick people.

Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla says Coronavirus poses new challenges for many with mental illness and thus the need for special focus form the authorities and other stakeholders.

The woman activist said while everyone else is being encouraged to stay at home as part of the guidelines to limit the spread of Covid-19, mad people have been neglected and walking the streets and market places posing danger to themselves and the wider society.

She said most of the mentally sick people use to eat food disposed by hotels and restaurants in the county but with most hotels closed their lives are in danger.


As an activist who also works with the mentally ill Ms. Abdalla says there is need to give special attention to those with severe mental illnesses.

She spoke when her organization rounded several mentally sick people from the streets of Mombasa and taken to rehabilitation centres where they were later set to rejoin their families.

She said her organization targets to round up over 100 mentally challenged people and take them to rehabilitation centres.

Ms. Abdalla said the society seems to have rejected the mentally sick people and left them to wander in the streets without care even during this time of the public health crisis.

She said those who show tremendous progress after rehabilitation will be given some skills training to fend for themseleves and her organization will help them with some startup capital to venture into income generating projects.