Abuja – Worried about the high levels of mental health problems in the country, health sector stakeholders have emphasized the need to fight poverty, unemployment and hardship experienced Nigerians bring with them. The problem is over ,
On Monday in Abuja at the Mental Health Action Committee and the stakeholder workshop on "Strategies for Reviving the Mental Health Service in Nigeria", Chairman of the Mental Health Action Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health Prof. Okoye Gureje said it was necessary to combat poverty and unemployment among Nigerians, as some of these can affect mental health.
He said, "We need to think in terms of promotion, prevention and then we need to think about treatment." Let's talk about prevention, we all know that some of the things that happen in the country are very important reasons for this are that people become psychologically … for example the situation in t In the northeast, where we have an uprising, this is an area where people can expect that people's health will be impaired both mentally and physically
We need to do something to determine the social determinants of health, things like poverty, lack of jobs, hardship and all those issues that cause a lot of depressive, especially chronic, human suffering.
Some Things they need to do for mental health are similar to those they need to do for physical health, such as lifestyle issues, non-consumptive substances, that can be harmful to the body. All of these things that can be of benefit to your physical health can benefit your mental health. "
He complains that Nigeria has very little human resources to deal with mental health problems." Gureje found that Nigeria has 1
"In the other world, for example in Western Europe, we have ten psychiatrists for hundreds of thousands. You see that and it means we will not have enough psychiatrists for a long time. But that's not the problem, the problem is that we should use the resources that we have, and there are ways in which this can be done, "he added.
According to Gureje," We have a situation We do not have adequate mental health resources, especially with regard to psychiatry specialists, psychiatrists and social workers. We have nothing nearby that they should have.
Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, undersecretary of state at the Federal Ministry of Health, represented by Secretary of State Secretary Mfon Bassey, said the meeting was necessary to improve the health of Nigerians.
"Against this background, it is imperative to convene this meeting as a national strategy to address mental health problems in Nigeria to improve the country's overall health
Abdullahi pointed out that a policy for providing psychosocial services with several Key policy provisions have been developed, including the establishment of an institution in the Federal Ministry of Health that focuses on mental health issues.
It is about how to talk to stakeholders about the burden of mental health and engage in dialogue with them, Incorporate them into mental health policy and find ways to quickly understand the adoption of the Mental Health and Modality Act to revitalize the National Action Committee on Mental Health to coordinate activities various mental health and psychosocial support actors in Nigeria. "
The Director of Public Health, represented by the National Noncommunicable Disease Coordinator, Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe, said:" In Nigeria, an estimated 20% to 30% of our population suffer from mental health disorders, which is a very large number. Given the current economic situation in the country, the above statistics are perishable, and given the recent suicide events in parts of Lagos (which are obviously a tip of the iceberg), this forces us to rethink our general mental health attitudes and ask about ours current maintenance of the status quo. "