World Mental Health Day: Erelu Fayemi Assures Ekiti Residents of Adequate Care
Ekiti State citizens have been assured of protected rights, quality and humane care, regardless of their Mental disposition.
The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi disclosed this in Ado Ekiti at an event marking the World Mental Health Day and unveiling the recently passed Mental Health Service Law.
According to her, the Mental Health Service Law and all other interventions by the Fayemi led administration provides a foundation for the state to achieve equity in the delivery of health and social services.
” The State Mental Health Service Law re-enforces this administration’s commitment to a holistic approach to healthcare, because without sound mental health there cannot be optimum physical health.”
“It also provides the legal framework for handling critical issues such as the voluntary and involuntary hospitalisation of persons with mental disorders, the provision of high-quality care and the protection of civil rights in other areas such as, education and employment.” She stressed.
She said the law would secure the rights and welfare of persons with mental health needs and facilitate community involvement in the care of persons through service units in Primary healthcare Centres.
The governors wife maintained that the State Mental Health Service law was developed to provide a legal framework for the assessment, treatment and protection of rights of persons diagnosed with mental health problems
“It aims to ensure that people living with mental health disorders are afforded the needed protection and care from the consequences of mental illness.” She said.
In a remark the Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Filani commended the state government for signing the Mental Health Law by ensuring that everyone was in a state of mental harmony.
He added that mental Health could affect anybody regardless of their age or position , urging people to take their mental health seriously.
Similarly, the Chairman House Committee on Heath Issues from the state House of Assembly, Mrs Teju Okuyiga appreciated the wife of the governor for her unflinching support by ensuring that the law was passed.
The event was witnessed by the Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Jide Akinleye among other important dignitaries.