By Chisom Okpala
Nteje (Oyi LGA), Sept. 14, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Government has discharged 10 inmates from the Nteje Mental Home in Oyi Local Government Area (LGA).
During the repatriation ceremony at the premises of the mental Home, Gov. Willie Obiano commended the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs for doing a good job.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke commended wife of the Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for reaching out to those in need through her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).
``We must help and extend a hand of compassion to anyone, who is in need.
``That is why in this Nteje Mental Home, we have Anambra indigenes and others from other states.
`` So, I am calling on everybody to be their brothers' keepers, most especially family members of former inmates to maximise the care given to them when taking them back home in order to enable them to switch back to normal life,’’ Obiano said.
He used the opportunity to canvass votes for APGA candidates during the upcoming 2019 General Elections
``APGA Government has done so well in Anambra and should be given a second time at State Assembly, Federal House of Representatives and the Senate.
Earlier, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mezue commended the Governor and his wife for keeping up to the electoral promises on ``Clean and Healthy Anambra’’.
She noted that the Home was officially opened in 2015 and managed by the NGO, CAFE, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
``The 77-bed facility with male and female sections experienced spontaneous increase in the number of inmates due to recent raids to keep the mentally challenged persons off the streets of Anambra.
``This Home has recorded not less than 100 successful cases and will continue to ensure that inmates are properly fed; the facilities are well-managed.
``We thank the state government, other supporting individuals and organisations for their kind gestures toward this Home,’’ Mezue said.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike congratulated the former inmates and pointed out that adequate care and attention should be paid to them, ``as routine drugs will be required for complete recovery’’.
A family member of one of the former inmates, Mr Raymond Ositadinma, thanked Anambra Government for re-uniting them with their families.
The 10 inmates, whose names were not mentioned, had six from Anambra, three from Kogi and one from Enugu.
Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Traditional Medicine, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, and Psychiatric Doctor in charge of the home, Dr Peter Chiebuka, and other top functionaries of government were present at the event. (MOI)