NMS Creates Mental Health Departments In New Health Facilities

Mental Health
Mental health includes emotional, physical and social well being. It affects how people think, act, feel, relate to others, handle stress and make choices. [Photo/ Kenya Red Cross]

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has stepped up the provision of mental health care services in the city by creating mental health Departments in all the new level 2 and level 3 facilities as well as the various level 4 hospitals.

The Deputy Medical Director for NMS Dr Mohamed Musa says the facilities have been matched with health personnel including more than 23 mental health specialists.

He said this during the ninth annual Ecobank Day celebrations, themed ‘Mental Health – It’s Time to Talk and Act!’ held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in South B on Saturday, October 23.

[Photo/ Kenya Red Cross]

“We have 23 specialists in mental health in level 4 facilities, that is, Mama Lucy, Pumwani, Mbagathi.  We have Psychiatrists who are stationed there. In our level 2 and level 3 facilities, we have nurses who are specialists. For the first time through NMS We have employed more than 20 Psychologists who are helping establish these centres. Recently, if you have been following the media, the president was launching facilities,”

said Dr Mohammed Musa, Deputy medical director NMS.

“We have up to now 15 presidential facilities that are level 2 and 3 facilities of which all have mental health departments that are catering for mental wellness.”

Dr. Muhamed Musa,Deputy Director NMS addressing attendants at the 9th annualEco Bank day Celebrations
Dr. Muhamed Musa,Deputy Director NMS addressing attendants at the 9th annualEco Bank day Celebrations. [Photo/ Kenya Red Cross]

Mental health includes emotional, physical and social well being. It affects how people think, act, feel, relate to others, handle stress and make choices. Across the world, one billion people are suffering from mental health. These disorders include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychosis and dementia.

“Depression is one of the most common health which can lead to suicide attempts. Anyone can suffer from mental health. Indeed one in four of us is likely to do so at some point in our lives. Our society needs to change the view that mental health is a taboo subject. It is really okay to talk about mental health. Someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, just staying in touch can really help. For many people, it’s the little things that friends, family and colleagues do that make a difference like visiting,”

says Tom Okumu – Ecobank Head, Credit & Risk Management Kenya.
Tom Okumu,Ecobank Head, Credit & Risk Management Kenya & EAC addressing attendants at the 9th annualEco Bank day Celebrations
Tom Okumu,Ecobank Head, Credit & Risk Management Kenya & EAC addressing attendants at the 9th annualEco Bank day Celebrations. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Mr Okumu lauded the national government for declaring mental illness a national emergency to prioritize mental health as a priority in public and socio-economic agenda.

“As part of the private sector, we are encouraging everyone to show support and empathy to those suffering from mental health so that society abandons the stigma and discrimination that has often surrounded it. We also highlight the lifestyle and behaviour actions that can help mental health diseases such as having a healthy diet, taking regular physical exercise and not overindulging in alcohol,”

added Okumu.

Vincent Musumba, communications manager EcoBank says that it is important to open up about mental issues so that people can get the necessary help in time.

“It’s not wrong not to feel okay but the important thing for us is to express ourselves to open up our hearts and speak about how we feel to those people that are close to us and those people that we know who we think can empathize with us and listen to us, give us an ear and therefore help us address the challenges that we may be facing,”

Says Musumba.

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