The Leadership Entrepreneurship and Advocacy (LEAD) Network, an NGO, has urged government at all levels to prioritise mental health care because of the adverse COVID-19 psychological effect on the citizenry.
The Executive Director of LEAD Network, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, made the call on Monday in Enugu while speaking with newsmen.
Okenwa spoke on the sidelines of President of Sierra Leone, Julio Bio’s recent recognition and re-engagement of Nigeria’s Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr George Eze, for his outstanding performance in transforming the psychiatric sector of his country.
Okenwa noted that some Nigerians were currently going through socioeconomic failed dreams, which may lead to depression, mental stress and suicide thoughts.
While congratulating Eze, a former Enugu state Commissioner for Health, who held sway during the Ebola era in the country, Okenwa urged state governors to have a rethink about state-owned psychiatric hospitals that were now in deplorable condition.
He appealed to state governors to initiate capacity building endeavours for mental health professionals.