Psychiatric Centre Treats 2,000 Mental Cases in Benue

The Health and Restoration Centre for Psychiatric Illness (HRCPI), Agboke-Oglewu, Ohimini Local Government Area, Benue, said on Thursday that it had treated 2,000 psychiatric cases in the state.

The centre, owned by Methodist Church of Nigeria, also said that it had re-integrated the affected persons into the society.

The Programme Coordinator of the centre, Mr Philip Ode, said this while presenting a progress report at the ongoing fifth meeting of the State Council on Health in Makurdi.

“We have treated 2,000 cases of mental illness, 87 per cent of the persons affected have fully recovered and re-integrated into the society.”

The coordinator said the centre was established to bridge the gap created by inadequate and poor access to good mental health services through the integration of mental health into general health.

He said the centre had trained four psychiatric nurses last year, while 15 others were undergoing similar training as part of efforts to achieve its goals.

Ode said the centre had also established an outreach unit in Guma Local Government Area to provide psychotropic medications.

“Apart from providing the outreach centres, we have also trained 19 persons in the health, media and private sector on appropriate reportage of mental illness.”

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