Teso residents told to stop neglecting the mentally challenged persons
Written by Carren Papai
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Malaba Town Council Environment Officer Solomon Itubo has expressed concern over increased number of neglected mentally retarded persons in Malaba town and Amogoro respectively.
Speaking to West Fm in his office Itubo revealed that Malaba town is experiencing new faces of mentally challenged persons something that has not been there for long period of time.
According to Itubo, the most interesting part is their ability to mention their home areas and how they were brought.
He said, “Most of them know pretty well their home towns and persons who brought and dumped them in Malaba and Amogoro. One girl who was found naked in Amogoro told a certain forester that she was from Nambale and was brought by a vehicle and abandoned in the area by unknown persons but was rescued and taken to Kocholya Hospital where she was diagnosed with meningitis and was treated and set free to go home.”
The officer condemned relatives of the mentally retarded for abandoning them saying that such problems arise due sickness and can be treated at early stages to save their lives. He also regretted saying it was a pity for them to sit at the fence and watch the lives of people who were once very resourceful and of great importance in the society.
Itubo has pleaded with the society to desist giving wrong information to police officers about the identity of those people confirming that most of the have been lying to police officers that the mentally retarded are thieves hence being lynched by mobs innocently .