Senator Shehu Sani has taken to his Twitter handle to pose a question while reacting to the claim made by the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), Prof Taiwo Obindo, that over 60 million Nigerians suffer from mental illnesses.
Taking to Twitter, Sani wrote.
”The Sixty million Nigerians with mental sickness will vote for which party?”
The Sixty million Nigerians with mental sickness will vote for which party? – Senator Shehu Sani asks
Over 60M Nigerians Suffers From Mental illness – President of APN
Earlier, the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), Prof. Taiwo Obindo, said that more than 60 million Nigerians suffer from mental illnesses.
Speaking during a recent interview with journalists, Obindo said “Mental healthcare is in a sorry state given that we have more than 60 million Nigerians suffering from various mental illnesses and the fact that only about 10 per cent of them were able to access appropriate care.
We are left with more than 90 per cent who are unable to access care and this group is called the treatment gap for mental illnesses,’’ Obindo said.
He said the gap was a result of various factors like the knowledge gap in which people do not have appropriate information about the causes and treatment for mental illnesses.
Obindo said some factors hindering the management of mental illness in Nigeria included myths and traditional beliefs; inadequate mental health facilities and a number of mental health professionals. According to him, the few available mental health facilities were located in the city centres.