Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Central (FMC), Bida, Dr. Oladipo Adepoju, has expressed regrets over astronomical increase in mental cases across the country in recent time when compared to the years past.
Dr. Adepoju made the astonishing revelation on yesterday during the event to mark the 2012 Annual Health Week of the centre and as well, the 2012 World Mental Health Day Celebration organised by Federal Medical Centre, Bida.
As part of measures to check the increase in mental disorder, Dr. Adepoju said the Federal Medical Centre, Bida has started documentations of cases of mental disorder for effective handling and possible reduction.
A study on mental disorder carried out by the centre in recent times has shown that there were increased number of cases which are also seeking medical attention, adding that awareness on modern ways of treating mental cases has broken the stigma usually associated with people with such ailments.
Also speaking, the Niger State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Sule described increasing cases of mental disorder in the state as a major challenge which needs urgent attention and support of all to check.
The commissioner lamented increase in drug addiction among youths, stressing that many youths were involved in the sniffing of different types of intoxicating substances and government is very worried about the trend.
As part of efforts to check mental cases which he described as becoming a ‘social menace’, Dr. Sule told the gathering that the state government has renovated a mental health/social rehabilitation centre in Minna.
Apart from serving as place of treatment for people with mental related cases, Dr. Ibrahim Sule who traced increased in mental cases to leadership problem which he said is responsible for high rate of mental depression in the country said the government is also looking at possible ways of rehabilitating and re-integrating into the society persons with mental problems.