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Mental Illness issue should be dealt with by Ministry of Health – Minister Webster – 29th Nov 2012

The Minister of Human Services, Jennifer Webster, has pointed out that mental illness is an issue that ought to be dealt with by the Ministry of Health and she has been trying to get that Ministry to tackle the problem of all those mentally ill persons roaming the streets. The Minister told Capitol News, that one of the challenges in getting many of the persons off the street is that they would have to be seen by a doctor, declared to be mentally ill then appear before a Magistrate and be committed to a psychiatric facility. Her Ministry she said, handles homeless people not those believed to be of an unsound mind.

On Wednesday, a 15-year-old school boy was hit to the head with a piece of wood by a mentally ill man who would usually roam outside the Parliament Buildings. The teenager was on his way to school at the time of the attack and that incident has once again thrown light on the problem of mentally ill persons roaming city streets. Almost at every corner in down town Georgetown, there’s some person who is believed to be of unsound mind making life on the pavement.

Ironically outside the Parliament buildings is a mainstay for many of them, but whenever the National Assembly meets, they would be cleared from in front of the building but allowed to return unhindered when the Assembly is not meeting.

Capitol News understands that the Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly are both worried about what took place just beyond the Parliament’s fence and they intend to write the Health Ministry on the issue hoping that it will be addressed.

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