Di Maio in Africa inaugurates the “psychiatric citadel” of the San Donato Group. Associations: “Slap to the Italian law”

There is controversy over the recent mission of the Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Kenyawhere he took part in the ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone of the neuropsychiatric hospital New Uhuru International Neuro Psychiatric Hospitalinitiative of San Donato Group from Milano and its subsidiary GK Investment Holding Group who will rely on the Milanese private university for the training of local operators Vita-Salute San Raffaele. But it is not so much the affairs in Africa of the Italian private health giant, as the presence of the minister that has triggered the protests of many Italian associations that deal with mental healthsignatories of a letter addressed to the premier Mario Draghito Di Maio himself and to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. “Italy in Africa denies the Basaglia Reform and inaugurates the construction of a mental hospital in Kenya “, is the title of the open letter, which addresses direct questions to the three offices of the State, starting with the presence of the minister at the inauguration of a work that” conflicts not only with the strategies and laws on the subject of our country but also with the international conventions, which Italy has signed “.

Between 12 and 14 June, Luigi Di Maio visited Somalia, Ethiopia e Kenya. In the disinterest of the international agencies, something has been reported by the Italian ones. The official reason is the strengthening of international cooperation on the continent, after the missions of recent weeks in Congo, Mozambique, Algeria and Angola where Italy is looking for energy alternatives and Di Maio presented himself with the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi. But there is also support for other private investments in Italy. Among Di Maio’s commitments, for example, a visit to the Smart City in Konza (Nairobi), proposed as the first sustainable technology hub, involves the Vicenza group Maltauro Construction Company, IMC, a giant with a turnover of half a billion euros (+ 34% in 2021) which will also be responsible for building roads, parks, water purification plants and waste collection. The presence of the minister at another event, this time alongside the vice-presidents of the San Donato Group, is decidedly more discussed, Paolo Rotelli e Kamel Ghribi.

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The president of the hospital group, the former politician, is absent Angelino Alfanoseveral times minister with Berlusconi, Read e Renzi and finally with Gentiloni to foreign countries. Absence justified, the of him. He had to take precedence over business in Africa the appointment of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republicconferred on him by the President Sergio Mattarella just in the same days. To take his place the two deputies, who in the presence of Di Maio presented “a real one citadel of psychiatric health located on the outskirts of Nairobi “. “We are creating a modern structure for the treatment of psychiatric diseases that are becoming an increasingly widespread problem in a society like the Kenyan and in general African, which in recent years has gone from rural to urban. So here are new health problems, typical of city life, such as mental disorders related to anxiety, depression and addictions “. The work, presented in front of the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyattawill occupy eighty hectares of the western suburbs of Nairobi and will be able to host 600 patients“A point of reference for all of Central and Eastern Africa”.

Another reading is that of National coordination for mental health, who speaks of “asylum” and replies with an open letter to the premier and the government signed by the National Union of Mental Health Associations (Unasam), Stopopg Observatory, Mental Health Forum, Democratic Psychiatry, Conf. Basaglia Permanent Conference for Mental Health nel Mondo, Fundamental Health Law, Franca and Franco Basaglia Foundation and Italian Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology (Siep). “Italy is the country that first closed psychiatric hospitals: civilian ones between 1978 and 1999 and judicial ones in 2017 and has built a territorial network of mental health services. Although this network is currently suffering greatly, Italy remains recognized in the world, and a reference point for the World Health Organization, for having initiated a substantial process of de-institutionalization of people with mental and for having recognized their civil and social rights previously denied”, We read in the letters. “For these reasons it appears to us disconcerting the presence of the Foreign Minister at the inauguration of a psychiatric hospital isolated in the countryside like the old asylums and which, like these, should serve an enormous territory ”.

Hence the request to Draghi, Speranza and Di Maio himself for “clear answers” to the questions that close the letter. “If it is legitimate for individuals to do business as they believe, then why should a minister sponsors a work that conflicts not only with the strategies and laws on the subject of our country but also with the international conventions, which Italy has signed, on the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities and with the guidelines of the WHO on the policies of mental health?”. And then: “The Minister of Health was consulted on this political endorsement given by the Foreign Minister to a choice which disproves its guidelines? “. Finally: “The MFA, and in particular the“ Development Cooperation ”, plans to provide a financing, directly or indirectly, to such an operation or has it already taken steps in this direction? “. Contacted by ilfattoquotidiano.itministry of foreign affairs and health at the moment did not decide to comment.

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