Prof. Chinedu Nebo, former minister of power, yesterday, in Enugu said that governments are yet do enough in the care of psychiatric and mental patients.  He said this at the 2nd Public Lecture organized by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing. The theme of the lecture was ‘Psychiatric and Mental Health in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects.’

“I will confess that while Government has built modern diagnostic centres, dialysis and ophthalmological centres, and constructed more than 710 Primary Health Care Centres throughout our political wards in Enugu State, we are only beginning to give priority towards optimizing and modernizing our Psychiatric Mental Health Institutions in the State to meet required demands.”

He identified causes of mental illness to include genetic composition, early development, neurological and psychological experiences and environmental stresses.

By Dike Onwuamaeze


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