MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Mentally Ill Are Still Neglected and Stigmatised

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 Nkwanyana,MPL.

 

“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.

 

 

Issued by: 

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