- Senator Dino Melaye has said that the Senate would soon enact a law that would mandate politicians to undergo compulsory mental test
- He said that all political appointees must to go through mental health stability before being appointed
- The Chairman, Senate committee on primary health and communicable diseases, Mao Ohuabuwa lamented the low budgetary allocation to psychiatry or mental hospitals in the country
A senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, DinoMelaye and his counterpart Mao Ohuabuwa, have hinted that they may sponsor a bill to compel politicians to undergo a compulsory mental test.
Guardian reports that the senators made the call on Monday, October 9, at the third annual world mental health day symposium, organised by NOVO Health Africa in Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathered that the theme of the symposium, which was "mental health in the workplace," was aimed at enhancing the importance of good practices for a psychologically safe work place.
Ohuabuwa is the Chairman, Senate committee on primary health and communicable diseases.
Ohuabuwa lamented the low budgetary allocation to psychiatry or mental hospitals in the country, adding that the proposed bill would assist in reforming the national health policy.
Melaye condemned the rate of corruption in the country, asking: "How can someone in his right senses use N2billion to cut grasses?"
Melaye said: "Indeed health experts need to collaborate with those of us at the National Assembly so that we can enact a new bill or work on the existing ones to make it mandatory for political appointees to go through mental health stability before being appointed."
The managing director of Nova Health, Dr. Dorothy Jef-Nnamani, said the projection by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of an increate in mental health, made the symposium a necessity.
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She said: "Mental illness is not a death sentence, given the fact that numerous affordable interventions exist just like other forms of disability. We should challenge the low priority given to mental health and eliminate the stigma against persons suffering mental health issues and their families."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Monday, October 9, declared that the proposed ‘Senator of the Year Award’ set to be presented to Senator Dino Melaye is illegal.
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