The taboo of mental illness in Kenya

The taboo of mental illness in Kenya

As people treat mental illness as a spiritual rather than a medical disorder, many victims go untreated.

​The Mathari Mental Hospital, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, houses mental health patients from across the country. The facility, which doubles as a rehabilitation centre, has been criticised for their handling of patients, as well as their perceived incapacity to care for them.

Being the sole mental health referral hospital in Kenya, the findings by the parliamentary committee worry many families who have relatives staying at the public institution.

"Acute shortage of staff has hampered efficient and effective service delivery. The available staff, who do not meet international ratios, are overwhelmed by the work."

said Dr. Julius Ogato, the medical superintendent at Mathari Hospital
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The taboo of mental illness in Kenya - Al Jazeera English

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