One in four Nigerians – some 50 million people – are suffering from some sort of mental illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
YALI NETWORK KEBBI joined the Civil Society groups that participated in “Walk against suicide” march in commemoration of the WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY organized by Department of Behavioral Medicine, FMC, Birnin Kebbi.
– World Mental Health Day – finds the country nowhere near equipped to tackle the problem.
There are only eight neuropsychiatric hospitals in Nigeria. With dire budget and staffing shortfalls prompting doctors to go on strike, leave the country, or quit the medical profession altogether, the prognosis looks as grim for psychiatric care at Yaba hospital as it does for Nigeria’s healthcare system as a whole.