A Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Department at the University College Hospital ( UCH ), Ibadan Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun has raised the alarm over the increasing rate of mental illness in Nigeria.
She said that more than 1,680 cases of mental illness were treated in the facility in the last one year as she lamented that government did not pay attention to mental illness anymore.
She said: “The Nigerian government has not 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, six or seven 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.
“Sixty-five per cent of these numbers are women and girls because women are more prone to develop depression which is a primary factor causing mental illness