Depression is said to be on the increase in Liberia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is due to lack of post-war counseling and the effects of the Ebola Virus Disease. J.H. Webster Clayeh (0886729972). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Liberia’s chief medical officer, Dr. Francis Katteh, said calculations shows that there are over one million depressive people living in Liberia. Liberia has an estimated population of four million. According to the WHO, there are about 322 million people around the world who are affected by depression, which is also said to be the leading cause of disability worldwide.  According to Dr. Katteh, the Ebola Virus Disease has reawakened the traumatic problem caused by the 14 years civil unrest. The Chief Medical Officer advised that the early a depressed person is taken to a health center the better it would be for the recovery of such person. He added that Ministry of Health and Carter Center have trained health workers to deal with such problem. Also speaking, the Country Representative of WHO Dr. Alex Gessasira called on countries to support mental health programs by allocating adequate human and financial resources to respond to the growing burden that world faces. “I appeal to member states to include mental health in their national health agenda. WHO is committed to support countries to address depression as an important public health problem,” Dr. Gessasira said.

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