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Measures Taken To Address Mentally Challenged

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working with the St Giles Hospital in Suva and the Fiji Police Force to assist the mentally challenged found on our
13 May 2015 10:00
Measures Taken To Address Mentally Challenged

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working with the St Giles Hospital in Suva and the Fiji Police Force to assist the mentally challenged found on our streets.

Line Minister Rosy Akbar said there were no housing facilities yet to accommodate the mentally challenged.

However, the Ministry has taken appropriate steps to provide them with medical treatment before reuniting them with their families.

Since January, the Ministry has removed four such individuals off Suva streets and taken them to St Giles Hospital.

Two have been treated and are back with their families in Suva.

These are senior citizens in their late 60s.

While the other two continue to receive medical treatment at St Giles, the Ministry is trying to track their families.

The medical conditions of these individuals are thoroughly assessed and monitored by St Giles Hospital before they are reunited with their families.

Minister Akbar has appealed to the families to seek help instead of leaving such individuals on the streets.

“In order for the Ministry to successfully carry out its role in terms of assisting senior citizens, mentally challenged and persons living with disabilities, we need community support. I urge the families to have a caring and compassionate approach when dealing with such cases. Pushing elderly and mentally out on the streets is not a solution,” Ms Akbar said.

“Street is not a place for any person and particularly for the mentally challenged. I also had discussions with the superintendent of Saint Giles Hospital. Help is available and all that the families have to do is to take them there and see what is the best option rather than leaving them on the streets.

“At the moment the solution is for the families to seek assistance from St Giles in getting medical treatment and the Ministry is also available for any advice and assistance that families may need to deal with such cases,” Minister Akbar said.

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