WHO To Address Mental Health Disorder In Nigeria


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that it would this year be addressing emergencies and mental health disorders in Nigeria and other countries affected with the illness.


In a published report, WHO revealed that conflict affect countries showed high level of mental disorder due to depression or anxiety to psychosis. The countries include Syria, South Sudan, Ukraine, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 30 percent of Nigerians suffer from mental disorder, which affects their ability to function as human beings.


The United Nation (UN) has estimated that almost 132 million people across 42 countries will require humanitarian assistance in 2019 due to conflicts or disasters. This means more cases of mental disorder that need addressing.


“When we are asked to support coordination of the mental health response in an emergency situation, whether during conflict or after a natural disaster, our first task is to quickly clarify what people need.


“Our second task is to determine as quickly as possible what resources are already available, which government services, local nongovernmental organizations, and international partners have the capacity and knowledge to manage mental health problems, UN added.