The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has called for special love and care to mentally challenged persons in the society.

Governor Ikpeazu, in a message endorsed by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, to mark the 2018 World Mental Health Day, stressed that people living with mental challenges should be given special care and attention rather than being stigmatized and isolated.

The Governor also commended Wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, for her awareness and advocacy walk to commemorate the day.

According to Governor Ikpeazu, “It is again that day in the year, when we specially remember our brothers and sisters who are mentally challenged in one way or the other.

“It is important that all Abians join hands in creating the awareness that these members of our society, in addition to their prescribed medications, require love and care from family and society.

“The ostracision from family and society that befalls them is unwarranted. Government on its part is goaled towards building an effective healthcare system that promotes early detection of these mental disorders.

“Efforts are being made by Government to rehabilitate our Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Mgboko and the Psychiatric Nursing School in Umunnato.

Finally, as we mark the World Mental Health Day, Government will like to reassure all Abians that our efforts will be all encompassing and total in ensuring quality health care for all Abians.”

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