From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
More than 25 million people across the globe are said to be suffering from mental
illness and 80 percent of such persons are not seeking medical
attention to correct the problem.
The Medical Director of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna Dr. Abdulkadir Usman disclosed this in a speech he delivered at the 2014 world Mental Day celebration held in Kaduna, at the weekend.
According to Dr. Usman, many of those suffering from such mental
illness never sought for medical attention to correct the
abnormalities which he attributed to family or relation hiding
patients while others don’t what to associate with such persons, and
others see them as taboo.
“Mental illness like any other illness can be corrected if detected
early but the problems, especially in Africa, is that nobody wants to be
associated with mental patient and that is why we see them all over
our street and nobody is showing concern”, he said.
In his own remark, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the
Neuro- Psychiatric Kaduna, Alhaji Ramallan Yero said the major causes
of mental illness are drug abuse, depression, uncorrected head injuries
and emotional breakdown. According to him Metal depressed persons sees
and hear what other don’t see or hear and this translated in their
absurd behavior such talking alone or walking naked
Speaking in the same vein Pastor Yohanna Buru of Christ Reconciliation
Foundation said the major problem faced by mentally-depressed people
in Nigeria today is stigmatization and negligent.
He called for more effort to end the trend as well as the government to establish a free
medical center for lunatics and mentally disordered people.