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COVID 19 Has Worsened Poverty and Mental Illness in Nigeria

COVID 19 Has Worsened Poverty and Mental Illness in Nigeria

  • Some experts have revealed the severe damage caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, which goes beyond sickness and death from the virus
  • Specialists believe that excess spending on the pandemic has limited resources for well being and mental health treatment
  • According to a Professor of Psychiatry at Lagos State University, over 75 percent of Nigerians with mental disorders had no access to treatment

Some psychiatrists have bemoaned the impact of the COVID 19 in Nigeria, stating that the pandemic has increased poverty and mental illness in the country.

The experts stated that despite the pandemic leading to more awareness about mental health, the resources dedicated to the course are limited.

This and more were discussed at an event organized by The Retreat Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos.

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Ayodele Coker, An Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Behavioural Medicine, Lagos State University who spoke at the event said that 75% of Nigerians with mental illness did not have access to treatment.

“Apart from improving our mental health, we must consciously seek for meaning and purpose in life to make our lives joyful.”

Read also: Africa’s Vaccinated Population Reaches 8%

Finally, the expert disclosed that the state of mental health services in Nigeria was as bleak as ever.

The Professor urged Policymakers to implement strategies for mental health surveillance and screening at health facilities.

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