Oyo Government Moves 100 Mentally Ill, Destitute People To ‘Rescue Center’

The Oyo State government has evacuated 14 mentally ill persons and 86 destitute from some popular areas in Ibadan, the capital city to a rescue center.

The evacuees were picked up at Mokola, Jemibewon, Challenge, Sango, Orita-UI, and Ojoo areas of the state capital on Friday.

The exercise, according to the state government is the third of its kind in 2021 and was carried out by the staff of the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion.

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All the evacuees were moved to the Rescue Centre, situated at Akinyele village, for profiling.

Speaking with newsmen, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Christiana Abioye, said the exercise was aimed at achieving mass evacuation of the destitute, including beggars and the mentally sick.

Abioye said the exercise was to ensure that the lives of the destitute and that of the general public were safe and secured.

According to her, “the presence of the destitute in the society poses danger, as some of them could be agents for criminals, adding that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde  is committed to ridding the state of destitute.”

She stated that the exercise is continuous, promising that the well-being of all the evacuees would be ensured and that adequate care would be given to them.

Adeoye said: “Government will feed the evacuees at the Rescue Centre three times in a day. The facility is habitable.”

According to her, those that are mentally ill will be moved to the psychiatric section at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, for medical attention.

Studies Propose ‘Skunk-like Cannabis’ Increases Risk Of Psychosis

cannabisStudy shows that 24 per cent of new psychosis cases is as a result of smoking potent cannabis (Skunk).

King’s College, London’s research carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience on 780 persons, suggests that the risk of psychosis develops more, as a result of high consumption of potent cannabis (skunk).

A spokesperson for the research group said the report underlines why cannabis is illegal.

Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it regularly compared to non-users.

The scientists also concluded that the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increasing the risk of psychosis.

Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations that can be present in certain psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Dr Marta Di Forti, lead author on the research, had said that, “compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency skunk-like cannabis had a threefold increase in risk of psychosis, adding that the result of the test shows the risk in the use of Cannabis depends on the frequency of use and the content,

Dr Di Forti in a radio programme said the availability of skunk-like cannabis was becoming more widespread.

Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at King’s, also commented: “This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no-one smoked high potency cannabis, adding that it could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money.”