Professor Olayinka Omigbodun, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Department at the University College Hospital; (UCH),Ibadan, has said that more than 1680 cases of mental health cases were treated in the facility in the last one year. Omigbodun said that the government wasn’t paying much attention to mental illnesses in spite of the rising in the number of cases being recorded. She said “the Nigerian government hasn’t put enough emphasis on this area of health challenge which is on the increase daily”. “For instance, out of every 20 admissions made daily at the UCH, 6or 7 are generated from schizophrenia (mental illness). This gives us a holistic figure of 1,680 cases of mental health illnesses treated in UCH annually and this is really an alarming situation on our hands”. “in a population of about 180 million people or there about, it is speculated that about 64 million Nigerians suffer from one form of mental disorder or the other and deserve attention”. “Government had done much in the area of Primary Health Care and HIV/AIDS, much is yet to be done in the area of psychiatry and mental health and this is a little disheartening”.

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