Minister for Health strengthens mental health in Equatorial Guinea

The Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono, has explained the project to improve Mental Health in Equatorial Guinea through the ministry.

Firstly, allow me to clarify certain basic aspects. Since 1948, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined health as a “complete state of psychological, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of diseases and handicaps; it is for that reason that mental health is an essential component of health, and from this perspective, the said organisation defines mental health not only by the absence of mental disorders, but as a state of well-being in which the person can overcome the normal tensions of life, enjoy productive and fruitful work, and contribute to the life in his/her community.

For that reason it is necessary to develop mental health services in hospitals and community centres as a major challenge for public health and a project for society.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea will support this within a strategic framework for mental health outlined by the WHO for the 2013-2020 period, through the Ministry for health and Social Welfare, by integrating its national programme for Mental Health within the package of national programmes under Horizonte 2020.

Likewise, the ministry is committed to providing access in mental health issues to the entire Equatoguinean population, through weekly surgeries that will be set up in the various districts in the country, through a team in the field and a specialist service”.

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

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