Stressing the high levels of mental health disorder in the country, stakeholders in the health sector have stressed the need to overcome poverty, unemployment and persecuted Nigerians to end the problem.
Speaking at the Mental Health Action Committee and the da Stakeholders Workshop m on the theme of j Strategies for Revitalizing Mental Health Service Kom on Monday, the President, Mental Health Action Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Prof.Dr. Okoye Gureje, since some of these are ways to influence mental health, poverty, need to deal with unemployment among Nigerians.
He said: m We need to think in terms of finishing and prevention, and then we need to think in terms of treatment. Let's talk about prevention, we all know that some things that occur in the country are very strong reasons for people. psychologically, for example, the situation in which we have a rebellion in the northeast is an area where people expect human health to be affected both mentally and physically.
We have to do something about the social determinants of health, poverty, unemployment, adversity, and all of the problems that cause chronic distress for people.
Some things they need to do for mental health are similar to what they should do for physical health, such as lifestyle problems, that do not consume substances that can cause bodily injury. All these things that can benefit physical health can be beneficial to mental health. "
He said that Nigeria has very few human resources for the treatment of mental difficulties. Gureje observed that Nigeria's population of 192 million has about two hundred psychiatrists, from about one psychiatrist to one million.
"In the other part of the world, for example, we are ten psychiatrists for hundreds of thousands of people in Western Europe. So, you see this, and that means we won't have enough psychiatrists for a long time, but that's not the problem. that there should be ways in which this can be done, bun he added.
According to Gureje, ım We have a situation where there are not enough mental health resources especially for specialist psychiatry, psychiatrists and social workers. There is nothing close to them.
Also, Permanent Secretary, Permanent Secretary, represented by Permanent Deputy Secretary of State Mfon Bassey, the Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, said the meeting was necessary to improve the health of Nigerians.
Ine It is imperative that this meeting be gathered in Nigeria as a national strategy to improve the overall health of the country. Ine
Abdullahi said that in order to focus on Mental Health issues, a policy on mental health services was developed along with various basic provisions of the policy, including the establishment of an organ in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Nasıl Some of the relevant issues are how to communicate with stakeholders in relation to mental health burden and how to do the dialogue, overlap with the Mental Health policy, the ways to follow the Mental Health Act quickly, and how to revitalize the national mental health action. . The committee that coordinates the activities of various stakeholders on mental health and psychosocial support in Nigeria. "
National Coordinator, Noncommunicable Disease, Public Health Manager, represented by Nnenna Ezeigwe, said: & In Nigeria, about 20-30 percent of our populations are believed to be exposed to mental disorders. A very important number: Given the current economic situation in the country, the above statistics are annoying in the light of recent suicidal incidents in parts of Lagos (one end of the iceberg), and in general it forces to rethink. question attitudes towards mental health and our current situation.