The outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the Mental Health Centre is very worrying says the Leader of Opposition Dr Godwin Friday.
At a virtual news conference held yesterday, Friday said “We have not had a good explanation for the Outbreak of COVID-19 at the Mental Health Rehab Centre. The authorities have failed to protect a vulnerable population. Over 106 cases including staff and patients.”
Friday also noted: “If there is a silver lining to the crisis at the Mental Health Centre, it is this: the crisis must be used as an opportunity to take a close look at the way we treat mentally ill people at the centre and in SVG overall.
For a long time, concerns have been raised about the care provided at the centre. There is still no psychiatrist at the facility. Though improvements were made to the centre, there is still overcrowding.
We should use this as an opportunity to commit to treating mental illness as an illnessand seek to provide treatment for sufferers.”