Nov 9, 2009, 12:18 PM
The youth council of the Young Christian Men’s Association (YMCA) recently donated laundry materials to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Centre at Brusubi.
The donated items included a bag of omo, bottles of rosovel and cottol, laundry soap and a packet of blue.
Speaking of the presentation ceremony at the health centre, Joseph Peacock of the YMCA said the donation came from the youth council of the YMCA.
Mr Peacock says every year the YMCA youth council gives donation to the health centre.
“Rehabilitation of young people is very important,” he said, adding that their organization had rendered a lot of support to young people in various sectors including the juvenile wing in Jeshwang.
He emphasised the need for cooperation between the youth council and the psychiatric centre.
In receiving the gifts, Momodou Ann, senior nurse at the health centre, said about the donation: “This is what we need.”
He added that a lot of youth have been affected by drug abuse. He therefore appealed to the public to help affected people with proper medication after their release from the centre.
Mr Ann also cautioned people to desist from the habit of giving false or misleading information about the health and mental condition of patients they take to the centre as “prolonged admission is not good for them”.
He added: “Mental sickness is like other diseases such as malaria, and high blood pressure; let us not discriminate against them even though their health is very challenging.”
Mr Ann further applauded partners who have been supporting them and used the occasion to call on the general public to always give a helping hand to patients at the psychiatric centre.