By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
A Mental Care Institute, ‘Mallam Niggas Rehabilitation Centre has disclosed that the Centre has reformed over 1000 mentally challenges and drug addicts across Northern Nigeria.
The Founder of the Centre, Sheikh Dr Lawal Maduru stated this during an interview with journalists at the Centre to mark the World Mental Health Day, 10th October every year aimed at raising more awareness of dangers of drugs abuses and how it affect lives of youth in Nigeria and Africa.
According to him, the reformed persons are now educating other young once at schools on dangers of taking drugs to reduce large number of youth into drugs addict and warned against discriminate and stigmatization of mental challenged victims that have been treated, cured and rehabilitated.
He said stigmatizing and discriminating against rehabilitated mentally challenges persons would lead to a relapse and subsequently such victims would go back to their old ways and that would be at the detriment of the society, saying, victims of mental disease needs love and care.
“It is the responsibility of state and federal Government, NGOs and CSO with humanitarian organization to support in rebuilding better life for rehabilitated patients that were sending back to their communities.
“NGO has in recent times, treated six mental cases two of them are females. They are fully OK and ready to be rehabilitated into the society.
“I reformed over 1000 mentally challenges and drug addicts in across Northern Nigeria and they are now helping in educating young once at schools on dangers of taking drugs to reduce large number of youth into drugs addict” He lamented.
Sheikh Maduru called on Government to evacuate all the mentally challenges persons on the streets, those sleeping in trash dump and uncompleted building to be taking to psychiatric hospital or any traditional rehabilitation centre for treatment.
He also called on the government to create enabling environment for job creation so that the youths can be gainfully employed thereby reducing the high cases of drug use.
In his contribution, so responding, the President, Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, Pastor Yohanna Buru stressed the need to halt stigmatizing mentally challenges persons that were rehabilitated and cured from Hospital.
“There is need to educate Nigerians on the dangers of stigmatizing rehabilitated patients. Community must joined hands in making life betters for the reformed of mental patients.
“There is need for both federal and state government to evacuate all the mentally challenges persons on the street, markets and those residing in an uncompleted building to be taking back to psychiatric and other traditional health centre for treatments rather than allowing them roar in the open” he said.