THE Zambian Government must create special home shelters for people with mental disorders to allow them have a more decent lifestyle compared to the streets, First Lady Esther Lungu has suggested.
She said a number of people suffering from mental disorders have been neglected by their families and have been left to survive as destitutes on the streets.
The First Lady was speaking after a conducted tour of a mental health facility in France, the Perce Neigf situated in Paris.
Mrs Lungu said the Government must collaborate with the private sector in ensuring that those suffering from mental disorders were allowed to enjoy their rights by accessing all the basic and social needs of life.
“There is need for Government and the business houses to partner in ensuring that those suffering from mental disorders are allowed to enjoy their rights by accessing all the basic and social needs of life,” she said.
Mrs Lungu commended the carers of mental patients at the facility and took time to interact with the patients, some who she found painting while others were dancing.
The facility is a private initiative run by the Artistic Ventura family who have built over 40 houses and accommodate 1,000 people with mental disorders across France.
She hailed management at the institution for providing safe and clean homes for the patients.
And Perce Neice founder Christopher Lasserre Venturra expressed delight at hosting the First Lady at the facility.
Mr. Venturra said the centre was a joint venture with the French government in providing shelter to mental patients.