5th July, 2011
The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare in Akwa Ibom State, Southsouth, Nigeria, has commenced the evacuation of lunatics from the streets in preparation for President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s visit.
The president is billed to pay a one-day official visit to the state on Wednesday , 6 July the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Speaking with NAN on Monday in Uyo, the Head of Surveillance Team in the ministry, Mr Wisdom Udoka said the evacuation of lunatics in Uyo was a routine exercise done once in six months.
The president is expected to take part in the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL), 2011 and inaugurate some projects in the state.
Udoka said that Akwa Ibom, being a destination state, made it a priority to evacuate the lunatics off the streets to a psychiatric hospital in Eket, where they would be given adequate care.
â€œWe have much influx of lunatics in Akwa Ibom and we understand most of them are being brought into Uyo from neighbouring states,â€ Udoka said.
The chairman called on families with psychiatric cases to send them to government psychiatric hospital in Eket, rather than sending them out of their homes to the streets.
â€œThese lunatics come from different homes and in most cases their families do not have the financial strength to take care of them, so we have come to their aid,â€ he stressed.
On the challenges experienced in the evacuation of the lunatics, the chairman said it was quite an interesting humanitarian service.