10th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on government
to introduce laws which give the mentally ill more rights and
provide better care and support for them and their families.
"The IFP believes that government must do more
to support and take care of all vulnerable people, especially
the psychologically and psychiatrically afflicted, who are
generally referred to as the mentally ill. This means a greater
budget allocation in our national and provincial budgets for
mental health services. Public hospitals are sometimes
ill-equipped to deal with emergency mental health problems. It
has been reported that patients are discharged before they have
fully recovered, with traumatic results for both the patient and
their family," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile
“Treatment must also be made available in
prisons, rather than relying on secure units in hospitals. In
addition, we call on the IEC to uphold the Mental Healthcare Act
and ensure the inclusion of persons with mental health
disabilities in the voting process in the next local government
and general elections," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"Providing better care and support for the
mentally ill will require a comprehensive review of our existing
laws as well as revamping of public services. We want to see
them reflecting the importance of mental health in their
planning. We are calling on government to provide more medical
facilities and trained staff who can deal with patients with
mental health issues and provide them with adequate care,"
concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP
Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675