In a bid to rid the streets of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, of people with mental health disorder, the Governor Douye Diri-led administration has created a temporary psychiatric ward for proper medical treatment of victims.
It will be recalled that Governor Diri had inaugurated a committee to evacuate people with mental health disorders from the streets, with his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as chairman.
The governor had, during the inauguration, described as an eyesore the number of mentally deranged persons roaming the streets, saying it is not befitting for a state like Bayelsa that prides itself as the Glory of All Lands.
On Tuesday, September 14, Mrs. Faith Opene, the state Commissioner for Women, Children Affairs, Empowerment and Social Development led a team to carryout the governor’s directive.
In an interview with newsmen during the exercise, Mrs. Opene, assured that those with mental health disorders will be adequately catered for at the health facility.
In her words: “We embarked on the evacuation of people with mental illness on the roads and streets of our state to a psychiatric ward for proper psychiatric treatment.
“Today, we have been able to evacuate 10 persons off the streets of Yenagoa and they are now receiving medical attention.
“When they are stable, we will get information from them, know where they came from, and if they are Bayelsans we will reunite them with their families. Those that are not Bayelsans will be sent back to their states as they normally send to us”.
On his part, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri, the Commissioner for Environment, who is also a member of the committee, hinted that it is an inter-ministerial function that involves the Ministry of Women Affairs, Environment and Health.
“In synergy, we have put modalities in place to evacuate people living with mental health disorders to sanitize the state capital, Yenagoa and its environs,” he said.