Oyo government to protect rights of people with mental disorders as bill passes first reading

The Oyo State Legislative Assembly has conducted the first reading of the Oyo State Mental Health Service Bill, 2022.

The bill jointly sponsored by the President, the Honorable Adebo Ogundoyin, Vice President, the Honorable Muhammad Fadeyi, Majority Leader, the Honorable Sanjo Adedoyin, Minority Leader, the Honorable Asimiyu Alarape and the honorable Saminu must ensure the protection, care and treatment of people suffering from mental disorders. in Oyo State.

Some of the objectives of the bill are to ensure the establishment of mental health facilities and medical and social departments and units in all primary, secondary and tertiary medical institutions in Oyo State, as well as ensure that people with mental disorders have access to the necessary facilities.

The bill, when passed, will also ensure protection for people with mental disorders or illnesses and addictions in the state.

In his remarks to reporters, the Oyo State Assembly Speaker, Hon. Mental Health in 2022 held on October 10 in Ibadan.

“I promised at this forum that Oyo State would be among the first five states to pass the Mental Health Bill in the country. That’s it, the process is on. It has now passed the first reading. We are going to grant it an expedited hearing so that we can record another achievement in the House of Assembly. As I speak, Ekiti State has taken a giant leap forward as the bill has been adopted by them. We will follow suit very soon,” said Oyo Speaker

He explained that the bill will provide a legal framework for the protection, care and treatment of people living with mental health or addiction problems.

The President assured that the bill will also put an end to the stigmatization and marginalization suffered by people in this category, which most of the time leads to the violation of their human rights.

“There is a need for the government to give priority attention to mental health in public health policies, government initiatives, free health services and prevention methods and efforts.

“In Nigeria, like any other growing country, the healthcare system is generally poorly managed. Few people have access to basic health care. And it’s the same story for mental health too. Access to care is inadequate and unaffordable, and it is mostly confined to cities. The bill aims to address all these identified issues and hiccups so that we can have better care, treatment and protection for mental health patients,” Hon Ogundoyin said.

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