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HOR Takes Steps To Improve Mental Health Care

The House of Representatives is to liaise with the Federal
Ministry of Health towards improving Mental Health Facilities around the Country.

This is sequel to a motion sponsored by member representing Ahaoda-West /Ogba/ Egbema Ndoni Federal Constituency of Rivers State, Nnam-Obi Uchechuku at plenary.

In his lead debate the lawmaker explained that according to the World Health Organization statistics, over twenty million Nigerians are
currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without adequate psychiatric health care.

He noted that three out of ten Nigerians have one form of mental illness or the other, hence the need for a legislation that would provide access to mental healthcare as well as discourage
stigmatization against persons with mental disorders.

Nnam-Obi who raised concern about the inadequate number of Psychiatrists said the few functional Mental Health Facilities are short staffed resulting to the upsurge in mental health cases in the country.

The House thereafter mandated its Committee on Health Institutions to explore the modalities of liaising with stakeholdersi n the Health Sector to promote, educate and sensitize Nigerians on
mental health.

By Aisha Adesanya

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