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Call to help forgotten mentally ill people during Covid 19 pandemic

As the country grapples with the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic there is need to focus the impact the crisis of on the mentally sick people.

Mombasa Women Empowerment Network chair Amina Abdalla says coronavirus poses new challenges for many with mental illness and thus need 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 but 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 region but with most hotels closed their lives are in danger.

As someone who also works with the mentally ill Ms. Abadlla 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 to rejoin their families.

She said her organization targets to round up over 100 mad 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 themsleves and her organization will help them with some startup capital to venture into income generating activities.

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Abadlla Abdalla Amina Abdalla Mombasa Mombasa Women Empowerment Network

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