Mental Health Congress begins

On 22nd March, the presidential couple, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and Constancia Mangue, oversaw the opening of the first Mental Health Conference to be held in our country, with the ceremony taking place in the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo.

Under the banner “Mental Health at the Forefront” and the opening speech by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the first Mental Health Conference began in Malabo on the morning of 22nd, when the President of the Republic and the First Lady arrived at the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, and were received by leaders from various sectors, members of the Government, and participants from various bodies.

Experts from various disciplines within the health sector are gathering from 22nd to 24th of this month in Sipopo, to speak about the aims, bases and recommendations regarding mental health; the training of assistants in psychological evolution; the incidence of affective expressions in patients with addictions, and the progressive evaluation of cognitive functions in long-stay hospital patients.

Those present, experts and eminent figures from the sector, the political classes from various social levels, and others, heard, among others, the speeches by the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono; the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, and the opening speech by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The organising committee, in recognition of the efforts employed by and for the most vulnerable layers of society, gave Constancia Mangue de Obiang an award for her continuous contributions and help. The ceremony began with welcome speeches from the Mayoress of Malabo Town Hall, Maria Coloma Edjang Bengono, and professor Bechir Ben Hadj Ali, president of the organising committee, who after concluding his speech presented the First Lady with a certificate of recognition for her humanitarian work.

Then came speeches from the First Lady and the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The ceremony concluded with a group photo and lunch.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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