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First lady commends Ministry’s effort to repeal the archaic mental disorders act of 1951

Health First lady commends Ministry's effort to repeal the archaic mental disorders act...

First Lady Esther Lungu receives bouquet flowers from Racheal Sikabankani on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu receives bouquet flowers from Racheal Sikabankani on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

First Lady Esther Lungu has commended the Ministry of Health for embarking on repealing the archaic mental disorders act of 1951 and drafting a new Mental Health Bill.

Mrs Lungu said the new mental health bill will help modernise legislation, eliminate stigma and discrimination, and promote autonomy and Human rights for persons living with mental disorders.

ZANIS reports that Mrs Lungu was speaking when she officiated at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day held in Lusaka today.

The First Lady observed that there is need to accelerate awareness and sensitization on Mental Health and Mental Disorders especially at grassroots level.

She noted that mental health crisis and distresses are viewed differently because of ignorance, poor knowledge, stigma and discrimination.

Mrs Lungu has since urged government to buy-into the major objectives of the action plan by strengthening information systems and research for mental health.

And speaking at the same occasion, Mental Health Users Network of Zambia president Sylvester Katotoka urged society to come to the aid of mental patients as they face a lot of challenges.

Meanwhile Munali Member of Parliament Professor Nkandu Luo who was represented by Matero Member of Parliament Lloyd Kaziya said mental health patients are discriminated against in society.

Prof. Luo who is also Minister of Higher Education said there is urgent need for society to embrace mental health patients and help them integrate into communities than consigning them in mental institutions.

First Lady Esther Lungu flanked by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Peter Mwaba (R) on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu flanked by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Peter Mwaba (R) on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

First Lady Esther Lungu flanked by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Peter Mwaba (R) on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu flanked by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Peter Mwaba (R) on arrival at Cresta Hotel for the Commemoration of World Mental Health Day in Lusaka on Monday, October 10,2016-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

4 COMMENTS

  1. Allowances at 4 star HOTEL, that mental disorder. This woman has no morals. How many overalls they could have bought to dress up mental patients in Lusaka? Pay back the money mwe mbwa mwe.
    What kind of mad people are found at Create Hotel, the likes of Kaiser who go for dinner at 3am and shoot at friends?

  2. I always wonder what the heck parliamentarians are paid for. There are so many archaic statutes on the country’s books that it even beggars belief when we run around rumbling about new constitutions. This always happens with cobwebs and debilitating bylaws. Cars are still required to be defaced with sil.ly stickers, it is still a crime to critique the presidency, police are overlords over people gathering to discuss civil matters and so on and so forth. Let’s move with the 21st Century I beg.

  3. JUST ASKING? IS THE FIRST LADY A POLITICIAN NOW? IS THAT NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HANDLED BY THE HEALTH MINISTER? AND WHY NOT HAVE THE EVENT AT CHAINAMA INSTEAD OF AT A HOTEL. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT DO NOT MAKE SENSE.

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