Cross-River State Rehabilitates Family of 5 Suffering From Mental Illness

Cross-River State Rehabilitates Family of 5 Suffering From Mental Illness

The Cross Rivers state government in partnership with the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, have begun the rehabilitation of the family of five suffering from mental illness.

The story broke earlier in the month after corps member, Progress Oberiko, who is serving in the state, shared the travails of the family on her Facebook page.

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After investigations, the couple was discovered to be named Mr and Mrs Ben Ogar and they have been rehabilitated alongside their children by the government and Federal Neuro-Psychiatric hospital in Calabar, Cross River.

The couple lost their jobs around the same time in Abuja about six years ago with the husband spiralling into mental disorder due to the ordeal.

This led to Ogar relocating to Ogoja with his family but chose to live in a shanty rather than his father’s house. His extended family eventually took custody of his first set kids when he started showing signs of mental disorder.

Years of roaming the streets produced the three kids currently with him.

The attending doctors confirmed Ogar’s condition with the wife suffering from “folie a deux” syndrome as a result of her husband’s condition.

Every member of the family are in very stable condition and are responding to treatment.

The state Commissioner for Health, Inyang Asibong, said the family are in stable condition and are responding to treatment. The family will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society with continuous medical care and social welfare, she concluded.

 

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