8 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Residents Call for Control of Insane People

Freetown — Residents of Kissy, especially those around the Kissy mental hospital in the east of Freetown, have called on the hospital and the government to control the movement of insane patients within the community.

Speaking to Concord Times, Madam IsatuKargbo, said she is not comfortable with the way insane people roam up and down the neighbourhood without any control from the doctors or the hospital management which she described as dangerous to inhabitants.

For IyeSesay, she is usually scared of leaving her children at home for fear of being harmed by any of the patients. She added that even though not all of the insane people who roam around are admitted in the hospital, majority of them are patients in the hospital and should be taken care of by its staff.

Marie Conteh explained that despite the fact that the mad people sometimes help some people with chores like fetching water, splitting firewood amongst others, residents tend to fail to realize that those people are not mentally alright.

"Sometimes, they are helpful to some people when they feel better but they misbehave sometimes. We want the doctors to be in command of their movement within the hospital premises and send them home when they think they are better," she said.

Saidu Bah said if he could recall an unpleasant incident some years ago when a mad man killed one child while on errand to fetch water at the stream. Bah said the rise in the number of mad people within the community and the country as a whole is increasing rapidly which is a serious matter for the government to look into.

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