Minister issues directives to help mentally-ill man in Ha Nam
  • | | December 10, 2019 03:16 PM
Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has instructed local authorities in Ha Nam Province to provide support to an elderly woman and her son who has schizophrenia.


Thu feeds her son through the cage

Duong Thi Thu, 74, in Ly Nhan District’s Dong Ly Commune said that her son Duong Van Toan, 35, has been living with mental problems for 17 years. Toan is now being kept in an iron cage to prevent him from attacking other people. Thu has to feed her son through the cage every day. Their meals are very poor with just rice and some sesame and salt and then she usually takes leftover food.

“My husband died 20 years ago. My son was in good health until he was 18 years old. Since then, he has been suffering from mental problems,” Thu said.

After their story was published, the Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has asked Ha Nam authorities to support Thu's family.

Tran Hong Son, head of the Social Protection Office under Ha Nam Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said, "We have discussed with Thu and found out that Toan can be admitted to the provincial public social protection centre. Thu's family is being given a total VND810,000 a month for poor household and disabled people. We have guided Thu on how to admit Toan to the centre."

He went on to say that they would fully support and create the most favourable condition for Thu's family to overcome these difficulties. However, if the family and Toan want him to stay at home then they can't do anything much.

Nguyen Chin Hiep, deputy head of Ly Nhan District Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said, "After receiving the ministerial directives, we visited Thu's family on December 9 and guided her on how to do the procedures. At first, she was reluctant but after hearing that the family can visit Toan anytime or take him home during special holidays, she agreed."

All documents are being done and will be completed this week.

Thu said she was happy when their situation was noticed. She does not want to part with her son but after getting advice from many people, Thu said she would send Toan to social protection centre.

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