The Bayelsa State Government has reiterated its commitment to evacuate people living with mental health disorders from the streets of Yenagoa and other locations across the state to a temporary psychiatric ward for proper medical treatment.

Governor Douye Diri had inaugurated a committee to evacuate people living with mental health disorders from the streets, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Mrs. Faith Opene, Commissioner for Women, Children Affairs, Empowerment and Social Development led a team on Tuesday to carryout the governor’s directive.

Speaking with newsmen during the exercise, Mrs. Opene, assured that those living with mental health disorders were be taken off the streets to a health facility for proper medication.

In her words: “We embarked on the evacuation of people living with mental illness on the roads and streets of our state to a psychiatric ward for a proper psychiatric treatment.

Today we have been able to evacuate ten persons off the streets of Yenagoa and now the receiving medical attention.

When they are stable, we will be able to get information from them, know where they came from, and if they are Bayelsans we will reunite them with their family. Those that are not Bayelsans will be sent back to their states as they normally sent to us.”

Also speaking, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri, Commissioner for Environment, who is also a member of the committee, further 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.

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