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Health experts warn of mental illness crisis

Health CS Cleopa Mailu with WHO Country Representative Custodia Mandhate during the launch of the mental health policy on May 17, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Health CS Cleopa Mailu with WHO Country Representative Custodia Mandhate during the launch of the mental health policy on May 17, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Source: Daily Nation

By ELIZABETH MERAB

Wednesday May 18 2016

In Summary

  • About 20 to 40 per cent of those seeking outpatient services in hospitals have one or more mental disorders.

  • Kenya has only 88 psychiatrists and 427 nurses qualified to handle the illnesses in the 14 mental health hospitals, which have a bed capacity of between 15 and 25.

  • Other than Mathare, which has a bed capacity of 700, Moi offers inpatient services and can accommodate 70 patients.

  • According to the Health ministry,¬†the Mental Health Policy¬†2015-2030 is meant to guide the mental health services, which has over the years been neglected

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