Nigerian doctors call for free treatment of mental illnesses


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LAGOS, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) – Nigeria’s Medical
Association (NMA) on Thursday advocated for free treatment of mental related
illness in the country.

This would further reduce the increased rate
of the sickness in Nigeria, Francis Faduyile, NMA’s president said in Akure, a
southwest city of Nigeria.

He spoke during inauguration of “Carry My
Cross Mental Health Center”, a non-governmental organization

LAGOS, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) – Nigeria’s Medical
Association (NMA) on Thursday advocated for free treatment of mental related
illness in the country.

This would further reduce the increased rate
of the sickness in Nigeria, Francis Faduyile, NMA’s president said in Akure, a
southwest city of Nigeria.

He spoke during inauguration of “Carry My
Cross Mental Health Center”, a non-governmental organization aimed to
provide services to patients of mental health illness.

Faduyile said issues of mental health should
be taken serious by stakeholders as being done on HIV treatment.

He added that there should be mental health
units in all health facilities, saying that all psychiatric hospitals should be
turned into rehabilitation centers.

According to him, hands must be joined with
mental health specialists toward advocacy for better mental health services and
passage of mental health bill at parliament in the interest of promoting safer
society.

Faduyile asked for training and retraining of
health workers from the primary through tertiary healthcare levels with
recruitment of needed mental health specialists for the mental well-being of
the nation.

He condemned act of discrimination and stigmatization
against people living with mental sickness.

The president of NMA added that it was
incumbent upon society to help young people develop mental resilience from
early age, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world.

GNA


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