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10 Facts About Mental Health Care In Nigeria 


Recent events in Nigeria have raised the need to pay more attention to mental health issues in Nigeria. 

From those who abuse substances, to alcohol abusers, to  who display other levels of mental illness.

The number of Nigerians dealing with mental health issues is relatively unknown though the guess is about 60 million people.

There is very limited information about mental health services in Nigeria. 

There are eight federally-funded psychiatric hospitals. 

No admission beds are set aside for children and adolescents in the public psychiatric facilities studied. 

There is considerable neglect of mental health issues in the country. A Mental Health Policy first formulated in 1991 remains substantially unimplemented and has not been revised. 
Though a list of essential medicines exists, they are not always available at the nation’s health centers. 

Crucially, there are no designated desks for mental health administration in the country’s ministries of health and estimates suggest that no more than four percent of the central government expenditures on health is earmarked for mental health. 

Many of the admissions to community-based inpatient psychiatric units and mental hospitals are involuntary but there are no extant laws to regulate admission policies and protect patients’ rights. 

Gross shortages exist in regard to mental health personnel across all relevant professions. 

No formal support exists for family caregivers of the mentally ill. 

Mental health issues have also received no direct attention from non-governmental organizations, possibly reflecting a low national priority. 

Source: World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS).
The report presents a comprehensive analysis of the system, focusing on resources and services available for the population of Nigeria. 
Image Credit: The Will 

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