WHO estimates that one in four Nigerians suffers from mental health problems


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

President Muhammadu Buhari has allocated only 4.3% of the total health budget 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 to 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 treatment 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 mentally ill Nigerians having access to health care. .

The nonprofit Nigeria Health Watch conducted a survey in 2017 and found that around nine in ten doctors in Nigeria are 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 4000-5000 patients, instead of the WHO recommended doctor for 600 doctors. Nigeria Health Watch recommends monitoring aggregate patient demand as the Nigerian population continues to grow.


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