Ogun State Commissioner for Health Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has said over 60 million Nigerians have various degrees of mental disorder.
Ipaye made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said about 80 per cent of people move about with one mental disorder without knowing or seeking help, while 20-25 per cent live with a full blown mental disorder in the country.
He said cases of mental challenges range from simple minor mood disorder to extreme cases of mental accreditation and added that one, out of every five Nigerian, has an extreme mental disorder. The commissioner said events that could trigger minor mood disorder that finally leads to extreme mental illness are marital pressure, educational and economic pressure.
Dr. Ipaye said other pressures are expectation and disappointment and advocated that community mental homes should be created across the country to socially managed mental disorder at the grassroots level. Urging the Federal Government to prioritise primary healthcare intervention for minor mood disorder. The commissioner said people should always go for regular psychotherapy checkup with no cost implication to manage cases of mental challenges before it gets out of hands. Read more