– A while ago, a post about a mentally challenged family of five in Cross River, surfaced online
– The news which went viral on social media, reached the minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole
– The minister has been hailed for intervening in the case and ensuring treatment of the family members commence immediately
Nigeria’s minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has assisted a family of five suspected to be suffering mental illness.
Legit.ng had reported the news of how a corp member serving in Cross River left many people stunned after she took to social media to share a photo of a family comprising a man, his wife and their 3 kids, all mentally challenged in Ogoja area of the state.
The man identified as Ben Ogar, his wife and three children were seen unkempt and roaming the streets of Bekwarra local government area of Cross Rivers state.
It was later discovered that Ogar had been battling a mental disorder known as schizophrenia.
The attention of the minister was drawn to the family’s plight when reports were circulated online.
Legit.ng gathered that the family is currently receiving medical care at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, capital of the state, after the intervention of the minister.
The ministry has also taken the responsibility to shoulder all the expenses incurred.
It was also discovered that two other children of the family have been in the care of relatives.
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Meanwhile, the federal government has pledged to boost partnership with stakeholders on non-communicable diseases.
This was revealed by Professor Adewole, through his representative at an event in Abuja, Adebimpe Adebiyi, director family health at the federal ministry of health.
Adebiyi was speaking at the 10th year anniversary of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for communication and Social Impact (CCSI), on Monday, September 24 in Abuja.
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