The president of the Nigerian Affiliation of Psychiatrists, Prof. Taiwo Obindo, says the nation at the moment has a ratio of 1 certified psychiatrist to each million Nigerians.

He made the disturbing revelation in Enugu on Thursday on the 53rd Annual Normal and Scientific Assembly of all Psychiatric Docs in Nigeria which was held on the Enugu Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

The four-day assembly, which started on November 23, has as its theme: “Insecurity and compelled displacement: psychological well being and psychological implications.”

Obindo stated: “This growth has made the accessibility and supply of psychiatric care comparatively tough within the nation.”

It revealed that as much as two-thirds of well-trained and licensed psychiatric medical doctors go away the nation yearly, including that in psychological hospitals, certified psychiatric medical doctors go away the nation in droves, thus creating challenges for the nation.

“The norm is {that a} psychiatrist physician attends to 10,000 sufferers; however at this time we’ve got a psychiatrist physician for greater than 1,000,000 Nigerians.

“As we converse now, we’ve got fewer than 250 board-certified psychiatrists in your complete nation and extra are leaving each day,” he lamented.

Referred to as for the passage of the Nationwide Psychological Well being Invoice (as amended) to offer for correct processing and administration of psychological well being therapy and different psychological well being associated points, together with correct funding and itemizing of its practitioners.

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