The Ministry of Health says it has completed drafting the Mental Health Bill and is awaiting presentation to parliament.
Ministry of Health Mental Officer John Mayeya said his office has submitted the Bill to the Ministry of Justice for presentation to parliament.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Mayeya said the Ministry of Health has completed evaluating the merits and demerits of the proposed bill.
The Mental Health Bill is a Bill that covers issues of dignity for persons with mental disabilities to more human based status.
And when asked to comment on discrimination against people with mental illnesses, Mr. Mayeya said people with mental illness should be accepted and considered as members of society.
Meanwhile, Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA) Chief Executive officer Sylvester Katonka said Mental illness is an illness like any other sickness and should be treated like one.
Mr. Katonka said people with mental issues should not be looked at as hopeless, useless and unproductive but should be involved in areas of education, work and being part of the community.
He said people with such an illness should not be stigmatized as this pushes them to the edge were they suffer more to a point of not seeing any hope in life.
Mr. Katonka has further advised that people with Mental Health should be taken to Chainama Hospital to receive treatment, recover and get back to society.
He called on the media to come onboard and highlight issues on mental Health in order to help fight discrimination against persons with mental illness.