WHO To Address Mental Disorder In Nigeria, Other Countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it will be addressing emergencies and mental disorders in Nigeria and several other countries this year.

In a report published on Wednesday, WHO listed other countries affected to include Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, South Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Statistics in the report showed that “there are more people living with mental disorders in areas affected by conflict than we previously thought – many more.”

“One person in five is living with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression or anxiety to psychosis.

“Worse, almost one in 10 is living with a moderate or severe mental disorder,” the global health body said.

“Three in every 10 or 30 per cent of Nigerians suffer from one form of mental disorder or the other,” according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

WHO To Address Mental Disorder In Nigeria, Other Countries

In the North East, the Boko Haram insurgency has lasted for about 10 years with tens of thousands already dead and millions displaced.

Reports said survivors had begun to show the women rescued from Boko Haram who are returning to their homes with signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other forms of mental issues.

WHO said: “These people desperately need to be able to obtain treatment and care.”

“Their disorders often impair their ability to function – so access to care is not just about improving mental health, it can be a matter of survival.

“Today, there is no shortage of countries in conflict,” it said.

UN estimates suggest that in 2019, nearly 132 million people in 42 countries around the world will need humanitarian assistance resulting from conflict or disaster.

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