Cases of mental disorder may double in Borno-WHO
Maiduguri, Nigeria. March 12, 2018 (AltAfrika)-the World Health Organisation, WHO is deeply worried about the possibility of severe increase in cases of common mental disorder in Borno State , Nigeria after eight years of violence fuelled by Boko Haram conflict
The apprehension contained in the 2017 Annual Report released in Maiduguri today said cases of mental disorder could double from its current 10 percent to 20 percent this year.
“The rate of common mental disorders can double-often from 10 to 20 %.This is particularly critical in a context where rates of gender-based violence, abductions and gross atrocities are high,” the health body said in the report.
WHO also expressed concern about the inadequate health facilities in the state, noting that the facilities cannot accommodate mental challenges in the northeast region with about 25 million people.
WHO said only 18 percent of the fully or particially functioning health centres in Borno State can “reportedly provide survivors of violence with integrated clinical management services.”
About 755 health facilities have been destroyed in the northeast region since beginning of Boko Haram insurgency, WHO said. Sixty-four percent of health facilities in Borno, epicentre of the insurgency have been completely or particially destroyed.