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Society urged to accept mental patients

KATONGO LUMPA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) president Wesley Beene has appealed to society to accept mental patients back when they recover so that they can contribute to development.
Mr Beene said when such patients are discharged from hospital, it is important for society to accommodate and accept them back.
In a speech read for him by ZICA chief executive officer Hapenga Kabeta, Mr Beene said the recovery of such patients will be slow and difficult if facilities at the hospital are not improved.
He said this recently when ZICA donated assorted items worth K15,000 to Chainama Hills Hospital in Lusaka.
“We believe that mental patients, when they recover, can be integrated back into the community and make a contribution to the country’s socio-economic development,” Mr Beene said.
He said the challenges public health mental hospitals face are enormous and that Government alone may not be able to meet them all.
“The Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants is a membership entity with limited resources, but still felt duty-bound to make a small donation to your work and the lives of the patients,” Mr Beene said.
He said there is need to treat mental patients like all other patients with common illnesses.
Mr Beene said it is the responsibility of every member of society to help change the lives of mental patients.
And speaking on behalf of Chinama Hills Hospital, senior medical superintendent Nita Besa urged private institutions to help Government meet the needs of the specialised health institution.
“Government, though highly committed to meeting the needs of the hospital and the patients, cannot do it all alone,” Dr Besa said.
She said some patients have been neglected by their families and have been in hospital for many months.
Dr Besa said the donation by ZICA would help the patients experience the joys of the festive season.

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