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Expert decries lack of facilities for mental health patients

By Waliat Musa
15 October 2021   |   4:04 am
The Illuminate Nigeria Development Network (INDN), in collaboration with the National Museum, has carried out solidarity walk for the girl-child with a flag off of sanitary pad scholarship initiative tagged 10kfor1+1.


The Illuminate Nigeria Development Network (INDN), in collaboration with the National Museum, has carried out solidarity walk for the girl-child with a flag off of sanitary pad scholarship initiative tagged 10kfor1+1.

The Convener and Executive Team Lead, INDN, Funke Treasure, said the purpose of the initiative was to curb period poverty, which to her, is the main cause of girl-child dropout in schools.

MEANWHILE, a Mental Health Consultant, Olufumilayo Akinola, has said that lack of access to care and inadequate facilities are fuelling mental health cases.

According to her, lack of investment in mental healthcare contributes to mental treatment gap.

Akinola said this, yesterday, during a mental health lecture organised by Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, to commemorate the World Mental Health Day.

She advised nations to scale up investment in mental health, stressing the need for adequately trained professionals.

Meanwhile, Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY), Dr. Owoeye Olugbenga, said the essence of the World Mental Health Day was to raise awareness around mental health related issues and the need for people to maintain good mental health status.

Olugbenga said there was need for people to engage in social activities that would help to boost and maintain good mental health state despite the numerous socio-economic challenges faced in the country.

He added the need for relaxation, socialisation and adequate rest and sleep.

According to him, adequate rest and sleep helps in maintaining good mental health state, saying that people with mental health conditions should seek medical intervention by engaging the services of a psychiatric doctor.