THE Mental Health Bill has been unanimously passed with all MPs agreeing on the importance of mental health.
The bill was passed after Health Minister Michael Malabag spoke on mental health care in the country.
“The discriminated and stigmatised people are finally given due attention and protection,” he said.
Malabag said the goal “is to reduce the number of people who become ill and die from mental illness”.
“Mental health has been neglected for far too long,” he said.
“Mental health is crucial to the overall well-being of individuals, societies and countries.
“Today, in our nation, there are many physical, social, and psychological factors that are beginning to emerge.
“Some of these common problems that cause such burdens are in the form of cults, disasters, depression, suicide, all forms of violence, child and adolescence issues, HIV-AIDS, drugs, and alcohol, teenage pregnancy – the list goes on and on.”
9/27/2015 09:58:47 pm
I was involved in amendment of the First Draft which was flawed and conflict with many existing health and public services laws including Public Hospitals Act, Public Service Management Act, Public Finance Management Act, etc and mainly had to do with the Mental Health Directorate contained in the Draft Bill. The First Draft of the Bill gave prominence to the business of the Directorate rather than protecting the rights of the mentally ill including procedures involved in admission, discharge, treatment orders, how to handle forensic from civil cases, review bodies such as mental health inspectorates and tribunals etc. Review team made major amendments to the first draft under the Dr Paison Dakulala (Deputy Secretary) and Mr Pascoe Kase (Secretary) and endorsed the Draft Amendment. It is obvious this was shelved and the First draft was passed. The first draft was done without proper consultat ion and without the Departments senior executive managements involvement hence contained alot of flaws, inconsistencies, loopholes, contradictions, etc. This Bill cannot be gazzetted and implemented. It has to be revoked and have it replaced by the second draft which is still with the First Legislative Council to issue Certificate of Compliance. How bizarre!
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