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Gov. Fayemi signs Ekiti Mental Health Service Law



Gov. Fayemi signs Ekiti Mental Health Service Law

By Yinusa Ishola

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday promulgated the State Mental Health Services Bill and pledged to prioritize the provision of quality health services to the population.

Fayemi, while signing the bill, stressed the importance of ensuring that people living with mental disorders have access to appropriate care.

In his view, ensuring the well-being of all members of society, regardless of their physical, mental or social status, was indicative of the level of commitment to providing universal health coverage.

“The new law would protect, provide care and treat people living with mental health disorders in order to save them from unnecessary stigma and marginalization.

“This aspect, if not protected, would have increased the likelihood that their human rights would be violated,” he said.

Fayemi noted that the framework would address critical issues of hospitalization and high-quality care delivery, among others.

The governor said the main objectives of the law include the establishment of mental health institutions and medical social work units and units in some secondary and tertiary medical institutions.

Others must ensure the protection of people with mental disorders or illnesses and drug addiction in the state.

He said the law would ensure that anyone living with mental disorders has access to mental health care facilities by receiving and being admitted for treatment at a designated facility.

“As I sign this bill, I have full confidence that the people of Ekiti State will be the best for it.

“This law is another promise kept in our quest to provide Ekiti Kete with a quality, people-centered healthcare solution that leaves no one behind.

“This will complement other efforts to ensure adequate health and social protection for our people, and we are grateful to God for the privilege of being the instrument through which his love for the most vulnerable among us is. demonstrated, ”he said.

Earlier, the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Ms. Bisi Fayemi, appreciated the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Funminiyi Afuye and colleagues, Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Mr. Olawale Fapohunda and Health and Social Services Commissioner Dr. Bamji Filani for the policy framework and speedy passage of the bill.

She noted the difficulty that could arise from carrying out the various initiatives of the administration without the necessary legal and policy framework.

The governor’s wife explained that as chair of the gender-based violence management committee, she was aware of the link between mental health and gender-based violence.

She said that was the reason she remained a strong supporter of a mental health bill.

In his remarks, Funminiyi Afuye, the speaker of the State Assembly House, said the Mental Health Law has made Ekiti an undisputed leader in legislative governance that concerns health and welfare. be of the population.

Source: NAN

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