Director of Public Health in the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Evelyn Ngige, on Monday said about 40 million Nigerians are suffering from mental disorder caused by current economic hardships in the country.
Ngige stated this at the ongoing mental health action committee and stakeholders workshop in Abuja.
She described the Nigeria’s statistics on mental disorder as damning considering the current economic situation of the country.
Also speaking during the event, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, stated that the mental illness was also caused by inadequate attention paid to mental illnesses, misconceptions and lack of awareness on the part of the Nigerian public.
He said more people will be disabled by psychological challenges than complications arising from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, accidents, and wars combined by the year 2020.