Mombasa Women Empowerment Network has enhanced its exercise of rounding up all persons suffering from mental health disorders from the streets, taking them to isolation.
The group will be accommodated at a 70 capacity center at Miritini in Mombasa County which will now cater for their medical, basic needs and receive COVID-19 vaccine jab as a precaution to the spread of Covid 19.
According to the organisation, the mentally ill persons have for a long time been forgotten by society especially during these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the exercise under the auspice of Amina Abdalla, the Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson said she has embarked on the exercise to rescue the many elderly and mentally challenged people who might not survive if they contract the deadly coronavirus.
Ms. Abdalla says Coronavirus poses new challenges for many with mental illness and thus need special focus from the authorities and other stakeholders.
She reiterated that the pandemic is real and members of the public should take note and protect everyone including the mentally ill patients.
“Those collected will undergo a cleaning exercise, feeding program and the team for Covid-19 will come in to take test samples to ascertain if they have been infected or not,” she said.
Abdalla observed that during the exercise they are targeting to rescue 70 vulnerable populations from the streets, who will be isolated at the facility, undergo Covid-19 test before receiving Covid-19 jab and receive treatment for mental disorder.
Florence Ojode, a village elder from Utange in Kisauni Sub-County, said one of the rescued youth was walking naked within the area and they had to seek help from the Mombasa Women Empowerment network.
[Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla (left) with some youth in Utange dressing a mentally health man (centre). Photo/Ahmed Omar].
She decried the rise of mental disorder cases among the youth in the area which she attributed to depression and abuse of drugs.
Ms. Ojode is now appealing to the government and other charitable institutions to aid in providing health care to the mentally ill people because the therapy is expensive and many families cannot afford it.
The village elder said mental disorder among the youth is on rise because of depression due to unemployment.
Lucas Mwatsuma a youth from Utange decried rise of mental cases among the youth in the area which he attributed to lack of employment among the youth and called upon the government to salvage the situation