Over 40m Nigerians are Suffering from Mental Disorder- FG

Over 40m Nigerians are Suffering from Mental Disorder- FG
The Federal Government as of Monday 12th November 2018 said no fewer than 40 million Nigerians are suffering from one form of mental disorder or the other. With Nigeria’s estimated population at 198 million, this simply means one in every five Nigerian is mad The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, stated this at the on-going mental health action committee and stakeholders workshop in Abuja. He identified fast-tracking the enactment of the Mental Health Act as well as the resuscitation of the national mental health action committee for the coordination of stakeholders’ activities on mental health and psychosocial supports in the country as ways of addressing Nigeria’s mental health burden. He said, “In Nigeria, an estimated 20%-30% of our populations are believed to suffer from mental disorders. This is a very significant number considering that Nigeria has an estimated population of 200 million. Unfortunately, the attention given to mental health disorders in Nigeria is inadequate. The level of awareness of the Nigerian public on mental health issues is also understandably poor, and with lots of misconceptions. A policy for mental health services delivery was developed with several key provisions of the policy, including establishing a body at the Federal Ministry of Health to focus on Mental Health issues. Some of the pertinent issues is how to address and dialogue with stakeholders on the burden of mental health, intimate them on the Mental” Dr. Rex Mpaazange, the WHO Lead on Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases Intervention, urged decisive action lamenting that People with severe mental disorders, moderate to severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders generally have a life-expectancy 10-20 years shorter than the general population. Director of Public Health in the ministry, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, also said the country’s statistics on mental health disorders were damning and could get worse given the current economic hardships in the country.

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