November 23rd 2017

Society / Health & Science

As Kenya marks World Mental Health Day, experts decry low funding for sector

The director of mental health Dr Simon Njuguna said that investing in healthy workplaces will go a long way in promoting health in all its facets and thereby boost socio- economic development for the achievement of vison 2030 targets and sustainable development goals.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 11 Oct 2017 14:07 EAT

The World Mental Health Day was marked at the Gilgil Psychiatric Hospital in Nakuru County today with the Ministry of Health calling on employers to invest in health workplace in order to reduce risk factors for stress in the work place.

Under the theme Mental Health in the Work Place, the ceremony involved a procession within Gilgil Township. Dr Isaac Odongo who is in charge of  curative and rehabilitative services in the ministry said that the government is implementing the Kenya Mental Health policy 2015-2030 with a view to attaining the highest standard of mental health.

This he said the programmes aims to achieve optimal health status and capacity for each individual in the work place, adding that among its other pillars include workplace approaches to assisting workers in handling stressful work-life situations to ensure no stigma and discrimination to persons with mental health problem in workplace as well as alcohol and substances abuse prevention and management.

He pointed that this is in line with the constitution as mental health ia a key determinant to the overall health and socio economic development.

The director of mental health Dr Simon Njuguna said that investing in healthy workplaces will go a long way in promoting health in all its facets and thereby boost socio- economic development for the achievement of vison 2030 targets and sustainable development goals.

The chairman of the Gilgil Psychiatric Hospital that hosts 58 permanent resident patients, Kenneth Githii, decried lack of funding from the national government. He said the psychiatric wing of the hospital is part of Mathari Referral Hospital which was not devolved and as such there is need to ensure more funds are pumped into the hospital kitty.

Mr Githii said that to date the hospital has an outstanding debt of Sh8 million and it has to struggle to feed the over 100 patients in the facility. He said that although the county government allocates some funds to them, the allocation is minimal to meet the demands of the hospital.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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