By Goth Mohamed Goth
World Mental Health Day was commemorated in Somaliland under the Theme ‘Living with Schizophrenia’ 2014 on Friday the 10/11/2014.
Around 26 million people worldwide are affected by schizophrenia, the focus of World Mental Health Day this year.
Despite the mental illness being a treatable disorder, more than half of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are unable to access adequate treatment. Around 90% of people with the condition who go untreated live in the developing world.
The director of health services at the Ministry of Health s Dr. Osman Hussein Warsame speaking at the event which was held in Hotel Mansoor said, “The Ministry of Health will conduct studies, evaluation and assessments and plans to provide training to Doctors and medical workers on researching and collecting data, giving medications, and or treatments, intervening in emergencies, providing group therapy and will do also visiting the various medical institution which deal mental disease.
Dr. Osman Hussein Warsame added, “Mental health illness also debilitating disease which is costly and expensive to treat, especially in poor countries such as Somaliland that lack adequate healthcare system.
Cases of post-stress traumatic syndrome have increased in Somaliland mainly because there has been a breakdown healthcare system and since the fall of the Siad Barre government in 1991, coupled with economic hardship, displacement and the daily uncertainty and violence in an impoverished environment, he said.