WHO estimates that one in four Nigerians suffers from mental disorders

The World Health Organization has said that one in four Nigerians suffers from mental illness. As the pandemic and insecurity continue to grip the country, which has only eight federal neuropsychiatric facilities, that number could climb.

President Muhammadu Buhari allocated only 4.3% of the total budget to health in the country’s 2020 budget.

In Nigeria’s 2020 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari allocated only 4.3% of the total budget to health.

“In Nigeria, it is estimated that 20-30% of the population suffers from mental problems.” Considering Nigeria’s estimated population of 200 million, this is quite a large amount. Unfortunately, mental illnesses receive little care in Nigeria,” Health Minister Abdulaziz Abdullahi said in November.

Dr Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s former Minister of Labor and Employment, said in April that the country had “more than enough” doctors. However, the WHO has shown that Nigeria has the highest number of cases of depression in Africa and ranks 15th in the world in terms of suicide frequency, with less than 10% of Nigerians with mental disorders having access to care. health.

The non-profit organization Nigeria Health Watch conducted a survey in 2017 and found that about nine out of ten doctors in Nigeria were looking to find work outside the country to pursue better professional and financial opportunities.

As a result, Nigeria can only expect one doctor for every 4,000 to 5,000 patients, instead of the WHO recommended doctor for every 600 doctors. Nigeria Health Watch recommends keeping up with overall patient demand as Nigeria’s population continues to grow.

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