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Obiano's Govt. Cures Over 10 Mentally Sick People Other Inmates Receiving Psychiatric Treatment
Author: Nna Anulumadu
Published on: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) a pet project established by the wife of Executive Governor of Anambra State Chief Mrs. Ebele Obiano recently recorded huge success when about 10 mentally sick people who are being treated under the initiative were said to have been due for discharge.

          The social welfare officer cum co-coordinator in charge of rehabilitation welfare centre Nteje Mr. Francis Uchenna Okoye disclosed this while fielding questions from the media men that visited the centre recently.

          According to Mr. Okoye, the welfare centre which is being managed by the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is currently housing 57 inmates who are mentally sick, stating that a good number of them have been successfully treated.

          His words; “Through the commendable effort of the honourable commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Anambra State, Dr. Mrs. Victoria Chikelu   many mentally sick people have been picked up from the different areas and streets in the state and brought to the centre for psychiatric treatment. We are happy that most of them are gradually returning to their normal senses after receiving adequate treatment while few are now hundred percent okay. In her usual magnanimity, the wife of the Governor made the treatment, drugs and all other things free for the inmates.”

          The commissioner he said is always at the centre to supervise the workers   and as well to encourage the mentally sick ones. “The commissioner cares a lot for the inmates. She spends her time with them, ensuring that they are all well fed. The service she is rendering here is far beyond what a commissioner can do in her place of work. She is an ideal mother.”

          About 20 of the inmates the welfare officer said are not from Anambra State but were picked along the roads in the State.

          “Any mad person on the street in any part of Anambra State could be lucky to be treated if the welfare officers pick him or her up during the quarterly drive. The ministry will repatriate those ones who are not Anambra citizens after successful rehabilitation. At the time of picking them up, their identities cannot be ascertained but when they started receiving treatment, and as well regaining their senses, they begin to reveal where they come from. The welfare centre at this stage make effort to establish contact with their relatives and their respective families would be informed about their ongoing psychiatric treatment at the centre. The commissioner has put in her best to make this process work while her Excellency had left no stone unturned to see that the welfare of the inmates are well taking care of. We have successfully traced the homes of some of the fully recovered ones. In essence their families knew they are here”.

          It was revealed that among the 57 inmates 15 of them are females while the rest are males.

          “We conduct routine interview so as to find out their level of progress in respect of their, reasoning, understanding and the extent they can memorize. The last one I spoke with gave her name as Charity from Ebonye State. She also disclosed that her brother is a trader at New Spare Parts Market Onitsha.  One of them is from Edo State and we have traced his family and they use to visit him here. Few of them are Yorubas”.

          “However, we are yet to repatriate any of them because the governor is building a rehabilitation centre at Aguleri where they would be transferred to so that they can learn one skill or the other. It is also anticipated that the State Government will empower them financially after the training so that they can work, trade and feed themselves.

          The Commissioner has done marvelously well. Most of the time she stays here till 8pm just to ensure that the inmates receive every attention and care they may require” he stated.

          The Welfare Officer further stated that the centre is ready to welcome good spirited individuals who can donate for the welfare of the inmates. “You can pay your tithe here. It must not be in the church” he advised.

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