Government Charged To Establish More Psychiatric Centres In Nigeria
The Association of Resident Doctors has charged the government at all levels to establish more psychiatric hospitals in Nigeria. VOICE OF NIGERIA reports.
According to VOICE OF NIGERIA, Dr. Michael Osingun, the Executive Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, made the call in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Lagos. Information Guide Nigeria
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“The poor state of the few existing psychiatric hospitals in the country”, saying that most states in the country did not have a functional psychiatric hospital”.
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He said the establishment of more psychiatric hospitals was necessary due to the increasing cases of mental illness which seemed to overwhelm available mental health facilities.
According to him, mental health services are barely accessible outside the state capitals, adding that there is also an urgent need to establish mental healthcare facilities at the grassroots level.
He added that most mental health cases happened in rural communities where there were no mental healthcare facilities/psychiatric hospitals.
“That is why people will resort to taking the victims to prayer houses where the situation will be allowed to get complicated”. jamb results
“Mental health needs to be given the seriousness it deserves by government, individuals and non-governmental organisations”.
“Let the government subsidise the treatment of mental illness, establish more psychiatric hospitals to enable more mental patients to access treatment.
“This will go a long way to increase access to mental healthcare and prevent mental cases from degenerating and making them difficult to treat or manage,” he said.
The Psychiatrist said that the devastating effects of insurgent attacks, insecurity, economic hardships and other crises across the country had left several people in need of psychiatric evaluation.
He, therefore, urged the government at all levels to prioritise the welfare of the citizens by ensuring that the basic necessities of life were made available and affordable.
“Mental health is as important as physical health. Mental health is the base of all health. For one to have health, he/she must be mentally stable. So, there’s no health without mental health.
“But you find out that agencies of government and international organisations focus more on catering for the physical needs of the people rather than mental needs,” Osingun said.
“For too long, mental disorders have been largely overlooked even though they are found in all countries”.
“Mental disorders are found in women and men, at all stages of life, among the rich and the poor and in both rural and urban settings”.
“If people with mental disorders fail to receive the treatment and care they require, they risk becoming marginalised by society and many descend into poverty and homelessness”.
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