Experts Urge FG To Improve Mental Health Care Delivery

mental health, Mental health experts in Nigeria have decried the high rise in mental disorder cases and have urged the government to invest in this sector of the nation’s health care delivery.

They have called for adequate funding, more psychiatric personnel, as well as creation of policies that would allow the general public to be more open to the realities.

Beyond policy formulation, the experts also say laws and policies must be translated into concrete action to ensure strategic turn around in mental health care delivery in the country.

Pointing out causative factors of mental disorders, they listed prolonged depression, anxiety, drug abuse, mood distortion as some of the components.

As a result of the lack of proper acceptance and understanding of this area of health, sufferers of mental issues fear to come open in the public as there are tendencies of being stigmatized, discriminated or even feelings of vulnerability.

For the extreme cases and those who have gone unchecked, their presence on the streets and among residents no doubt send fears into the spine of many as most of them could be violent at little provocation.

According to statistics, one out of every five Nigerians, has a mental disorder, while an estimated 60/64 million are said to have one form of mental disorder or another with about 80% of this population not seeking medical help.

To effectively address some of the challenges in the mental health sector, a National Health Act was introduced in 2003.

The Act sought to protect the rights of persons with mental disorder, ensure equal access to treatment, discourage stigma and discrimination among others. However, 13 years after, it is still yet to be passed into law.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye speaking on the matter, advocated for increase in funding, adequate personnel, as well as effective incorporation of mental health into primary health care delivery.

According to them, this would help the teeming population of Nigerians who have been exposed to one form of mental challenges or the other (mostly without being aware), as a result of policy somersault and especially in the face of the current economic challenges.

Kano Police Parades Suspects, Recovers Items Worth 5bn Naira

land grabbers-policeKano State Police Command has seized drugs worth five billion Naira and recovered 10,000 unregistered intoxicating drugs. 

Items recovered from the suspects include; 532 parcels of Indian hemp valued at 2.5 million Naira, large quantity of cocaine to be sold at over 2.2 billion Naira, rifles of different caliber, 250 stolen rice, cars and motorcycles

Presenting the items to the state Governor, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said that 45 suspects with arms were arrested, while 13 people caught with fake passport were apprehended.

According to the state Police Commissioner, having cleared Falgore Forest off the cattle rustlers, it now became necessary to put Kano among the least drug consuming state in Nigeria.

Receiving the exhibits from the Police, the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed his government’s interest over the cases related to drug abuse, armed robbery and cattle rustling.

The Governor explained that the state government will not seat back while courts releases convicted criminals only to go back to their crimes.

Meanwhile, 12 youths from Edo State who were arrested with fake passport travelling to Libya, told the governor that they decided to leave Nigeria due to unemployment.

He requested that the State Chief Security Officer should temper justice with mercy and return them to their state.

In the meantime, the Police said it will hand the suspects over to relevant authorities for necessary prosecution while they continue their unsought against criminals in the state.

Aerosmith Frontman; Steven Tyler Says He Spent Millions On Cocaine

Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol Judge; Steven Tyler has finally spoken out on his trip through the line of drug usage and abuse saying he spent millions of dollars on the spirit lifting substance.

According to celeb gossip site; TMZ, the Hall of Famer suggested that he snorted ‘half of Peru’ during his pomp as a global rock star. While appearing as a guest on Australia’s “60 Minutes”, Tyler said he spent loads of cash on the drug. “Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy … You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it’s what we did,” he said.

Although Tyler has kicked the habit, but he couldn’t deny the fact that drug usage actually crippled his life and ruined everything good that had happened to him, from his children to his several marriages.

“I needed that cocaine. I needed it.” But “It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees.”

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack,” said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. “We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala.”

In other Aerosmith news, the legendary rock band has announced their first Australian tour in 24 years. It will kick off at the ANZ Stadium on April 28 with support from Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait and the Dead Daisies. Tyler attributes new audiences to his music to his time as a judge on American Idol. “There were 40 million people watching Idol every night. People would come on and sing Aerosmith songs. It brings you back up again,” Tyler said.

Drug use is responsible for suicide bombings – NDLEA

The Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Ajayi, has attributed the activities of terrorists and suicide bombers to the use of illicit drugs.

The DG, while speaking in Lagos at a public presentation of books on drug abuse  prevention, said no person would undertake a mission to die in an explosion if not under the influence of drugs.

“The impact of drug abuse is far more damaging than some people assume, because it is related to violent crimes. A man under the influence of drugs is as deadly and unpredictable as a mad man playing with a time bomb.” he said

He added that the books will serve as important reference points in a world battling to control drug use among youths.

“We need to educate people on the hazards of narcotics. Public enlightenment is central to drug control,” he said.