Senate urges federal and state’s ministries to tackle mental-health issues in the country

Nigerian Senate committee

In support of the motion stirred by the Senator representing Lagos central Federal constituency, Oluremi Tinubu, on Tuesday, the Senate had advised that the Federal and State Health Ministries should carry out an awareness-campaign on mental health and provide stations where citizens faced with such infirmity would be taken care of.

A reliable source has it; Remi Tinubu noted that according to the world happiness report, Nigeria had dropped from 4th happiest nation in 2015 to 78th in 2017.

She said: “The dominant presence of these suicide catalysts, Nigeria’s mental health support is barely existent. 

These suicides are made worse by lack of attention and the belief that depression and other personality and mental disorders are white man’s sickness and thus does not affect Nigerian is saddening.

Access to mental health specialists is expensive and almost nearly out of reach of the poor and middle class citizens which results to attack on people around them or attempt to take their lives.”

The motion was put to a voice-vote by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Also, Shehu Sani, Senator representing Kaduna north, contributed to the motion.
There is a connection between the disjointed social systems of our people. It is of note that nowadays people attempt to take their lives. This motion addresses the need for emotional intervention.

There is an ambiance of revolution in the air with a resolution to take the laws into their hands. We need to equip a lot of hospitals to accommodate this issue. It is a fact that reflects the reality of Nigeria today,” He advised.


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