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Sokoto to evacuate 50 lunatics from streets

08 January 2014, 12:48

Sokoto - The Sokoto State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Culture, Zubairu Yari, said the state government would evacuate, treat and rehabilitate 50 lunatics from the streets of Sokoto metropolis.

Yari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Tuesday that the mentally-ill persons would be treated at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital in Kware, Sokoto State.

He said that the exercise would be conducted in 10 phases and five persons would be evacuated to ensure that the hospital facility was not over-stretched.

The commissioner said the 23 local governments would be involved in the evacuation of the lunatics, which would commence soon.

He said the exercise would restore sanity in the streets of Sokoto, adding that the gesture was to reintegrate them with their families through their local councils.

According to him, the state government will also assist the beneficiaries with grants to start various trades after their discharge from the hospital.

"This is to facilitate their integration into the society," he said.


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