A mental illness task force appointed by the Ministry of Health has established that 13 percent of the disease burden in the country consists of various mental illnesses.
The chairman of the task force, Dr Frank Njenga, noted that the recently concluded public participation had revealed that the spread of mental illnesses is worsening the disease burden.
Speaking yesterday, 14th February, at Mathare Teaching and Referral Hospital, he said they would submit their findings at the end of this month.
“These are some of the issues the task force will include in its final report that is expected to be submitted to the Health Cabinet Secretary by the end of the month when it will wind up its work,” Dr Njenga said.
He said the team would vouch for the improvement of the mental health hospitals, including Mathare, whose physical infrastructure requires upgrading.
The task force donated bread and milk to the staff and patients in the spirit of love celebrated on Valentine’s Day.
The hospital serves 700 patients, including those serving prison terms.