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State pledges continued provision of mental healthcare

MAPALO LUPUPA, Chinsali
GOVERNMENT will continue engaging all key stakeholders in the training of mental health personnel in the provision of high quality mental health and psychiatric care services, Chinsali district commissioner Maximo Chitambi has said.
Mr Chitambi further said sensitisation programmes will continue to enlighten people on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse as they relate to mental health.
“Government will continue engaging mental experts to improve health services and make amendments to the mental health Act for the benefit of patients,” he said.
Mr Chitambi said this in a speech read for him by Chinsali district hospital clinical care officer Andrew Chulu on Saturday during the World Health Day commemorations whose theme was ‘Depression, let’s talk’.
Mr Chitambi said many people suffering from depression and mental disorder can benefit from receiving psychological and mental health aid from professionals.
And Chinsali district hospital advanced paramedical anaesthetic officer Gabriel Njobvu said psychological and mental health interventions should not be left to professionals alone, but that everyone should get involved.
“This is to lessen severe episodes of depression that do not need hospitalisation, and effectively handle individuals within communities,” Mr Njobvu said.
He said incidents of depression have increased and are of public concern.
Mr Njobvu said this may partly be neuropsychiatric as a result of HIV/AIDS, divorce, gender-based violence, marital discourse and drug abuse.

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