More Northerners Have Gone Mental From Drugs, Insurgency
The Federal Neuro Psychiatric Centre, Maiduguri, on Tuesday said it recorded 67,000 mental health cases in the past 18 years.
The Medical Director of the centre, Dr Ibrahim Audu, said in Maiduguri that the cases were recorded since the hospital started clinical operations in 1999.
He said most of the cases were drug-related, adding that some patients suffered psychological trauma due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Audu explained that the centre recorded a 30 per cent increase of cases in the past three years due to the improved security situation, as against drastic drop in the number of cases witnessed between 2011 and 2013.
The medical director attributed the decline to the insurgency which prevented patients from accessing mental health services.
He said “the centre is a 150-bed capacity facility established with a mandate to provide mental health and research in mental services in the North-East.
“Prior to the insurgency, we receive patients from Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states as well as Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.”
Audu disclosed that the centre provided services in the areas of family health medicine, training of mental health specialists and nurses.
“The idea is to integrate family medicine into mental health services and enhance delivery of psychiatric services to the people,” he explained.
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