The number of people with mental problems caused by drugs and alcohol abuse in Port Moresby are on the rise, an official said.
According to the National Narcotics Bureau the Laloki Psychiatric and Port Moresby General hospitals for the past few weeks have seen an increase in the number of such patients seeking treatment.
The alarming news was given to villagers, especially youths in Abau district, last weekend by the National Narcotics Bureau education and awareness coordinator Bobby Bone and his team while staging awareness on the effects of illicit drug abuse.
Bone told the people that Port Moresby General Hospital ward 6, where mentally affected patients were housed, had only 16 beds and this was not enough as the number of patients were increasing every day.
He said according to hospital records, most of the patients coming in became mentally retarded as a result of excessive illicit drug use such as marijuana. The hospital was experiencing a shortage of beds.