One in four Nigerians suffer from mental illness – Experts

One in four Nigerians suffer from mental illness – Experts

Two medical experts, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, and a medical consultant at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Olumuyiwa Odunsote, have declared that 60-million Nigerians have various degrees of mental disorder.

They made this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in a chat with newsmen.
Speaking, Dr. Odunsote said mental breakdown goes hand in with depression adding that Nigerians are facing constant onslaught of stress.


He explained, “In Africa, the end stage of mental illness is when the person has gone out of control, which is what is seen as madness.

“But, internationally, somebody who is still under control can be diagnosed with some level of mental disorder.

“Why this can be true is because a lot of people are depressed, a lot of people undergo severe stress and are highly frustrated in the country.

“Some of these people, in a bid to handle problems, take to drugs, alcohol and exhibit extreme behaviours.”

On his part, Dr. Ipaye said 60-million Nigerians suffer diagnosable mental disorder but only about 20 to 25 percent of these people have full blown mental health problem.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health advocated for the establishment of community mental homes in every nook and cranny of Nigeria.

He urged the federal government to prioritise primary healthcare intervention for minor mood disorder just as he advised people to go for psychotherapy checkup.

Related Articles

Ph D holder dies on graduation day

A doctoral degree graduate of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Dr. Abdulhafeez Adedimeji has died on the day of his

SSS 3 Student blames Queen’s College for sister’s death

Abigail Itulua, sister of one the two students of Queen’s College, Lagos, who recently lost their lives after falling sick

Wife accuses husband of using son for money ritual

Mrs. Funmi Adedeji, wife of a 51-year-old clearing agent, Mr. Emmanuel Adedeji, has accused him of using their 12-year-old son


Related Posts

Cynthia Osokgu's murder :Two to die by hanging for killing Facebook friend
After four years of legal battle, a Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Olabisi Akinlade on Thursday found two of the suspected killers of ...
Iyabo Ojo stays silent on Apostle Johnson Suleiman romance rumour in her latest Instagram post
Actress Iyabo Ojo ignored claims making the rounds that there is a close romantic friendship between her and the General Overseer of Omega Fire M...
Pastor arrested for planting explosive in church
A 57 year old Pastor, Abel Eku, has been arrested by the Edo State Police Command for attempting to blow up the headquarters of the Christ Chosen...
powered by RelatedPosts