Oct. 25 (ESAT News) The Ministry health says that nearly 62 percent of prisoners in various Ethiopian prisons suffer from mental health problems.
According to a report the ministry released recently in connection with the national mental health strategy, the inmates suffer mental health due to being locked up in small overcrowded cells, forced solitary confinement, and lack of exercise that make them feel despondent. It also mentioned lack of mental health facilities in jails as a contributory factor to the problem.
The report also revealed that suicide rate in hospitals is significant and many suffer depression. Lack of resources had made it impossible to resolve the crisis, the report said.
The ministry underscored that it would work jointly with the ministry of justice to improve the situation. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two ministries, according to Sendek newspaper.