Kisii teachers sensitized on mental health issues


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Kenyenya sub county Ministry of Health Official Dr Francis Ochieng’ has asked teachers to prioritize their mental health since it is as important as their physical health.

Speaking at Kenyenya Seventh Day Adventist Church during a one day mental health awareness workshop, the officer said a happy life and peaceful co-existence are some of the ways of taking care of one’s mental health.

He thanked Treshold Hope Africa for partnering with the office of Bomachoge Borabu MP to sponsor the workshop.

The group’s leader Dr. David Otieno said mental illness may impact on a person’s thoughts, perceptions, feelings and behaviour.

He said that victims of depression show reduced concentration ability, extreme mood swings and withdrawal from friends and insomnia.

The officer said that unless the conditions are mitigated, victims may contemplate or commit suicide, rape or plunge into excessive alcohol or drug abuse consumption.

He asked relatives of victims of stress and depression to help them to engage in self-relaxation as they seek social support.

Kenyenya Sub county Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Otiende, who represented the sub county’s Officer Commanding Police Department (OCPD), lauded the organization for bringing mental health services closer to the people.

He invited the organization to visit police camps and schools to meet many people who are in need of these timely services.

Anne Mokeira, who is in charge of Kenyenya Public Health Centre, urged the public to be wary of cancer, especially cervical cancer, that has become a menace these days.

She advised them to visit health facilities spread all over the constituency for free screening to avoid late diagnosis.

Speaking on behalf of area MP Obadiah Barongo, Samuel Isaboke said although health is a devolved sector, the NG-CDF will work hand in hand with the county government to ensure good health of the residents.

By Enock Okong’o

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