President Edgar Lungu says the provision of Mental health services must be accorded prominence.
The President says mental health deserves the same priority as other health conditions.
President Lungu has also called for an end to the stigma associated with mental patients.
He said this in Lusaka today when he toured Chinaima Hills College Hospital.
The President also interacted with some mental patients amidst a thunderous welcome.
Prominent among the patients was an 81 yeay-old Edson Ngoma who has been admitted to Chinaima Hills College Hospital since 1968.
Mr. Ngoma was at one point able to recognize President Lungu.
Meanwhile President Lungu has donated assorted new year’s hampers including mealie-meal to Chainama Hills College Hospital.
And Chinaima Hills College Hospital Senior Medical Superintendent Margaret Chibowa disclosed that the number of patients at the mental health facility has been increasing yearly.
Dr. Chibowa disclosed that the Ministry of Health plans to modernise Chainama Hills College Hospital.