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650,000 IDPs may suffer mental disorder in North East

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) North East Emergency Manager, Dr. Collins Owili, has said with the prevalence of mental illness among 24.5 million Nigerians, 650, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) might suffer from mental disorder.

The decade-long conflict has affected Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states with the destruction of over 37,000 lives and $9 billion (N3.42 trillion) worth of property.

Owili raised the alarm in 2016-2019 WHO Omnibus Report released on Sunday to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno State.

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He said despite the upsurge in mental disorder caused by insurgency, the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, was the only “specialised mental health institution” in the North East.

He added: “This is even more worrisome in the emergency context of the region with very few mental health professionals.”

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