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Lagos tackles mental illness in residents

BY MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO

Lagos State Government, yesterday, said it is working on a comprehensive plan to bring about prevention and adequate care of those suffering from mental illness.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this to newsmen at the ongoing free medical health mission organized by the Eko Club International in conjunction with Lagos State Ministry of Health held in Ikorodu axis of the state, said the government  will be more concerned about preventive measures.

At the event which was also attended by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, repres- enting Lagos East Senatorial District, Idris, explained that mental illness arises from a lot of factors which include stress, anxiety, depress- ion, hinting that the state was putting in place a work plan to approach mental illness in a holistic manner.

“Mental health is categorized under non- communicable diseases, the burden is huge on Lagos State Government because of our mega city status. Our policies are being drawn out from the aspect of preventive measure,” Idris said.


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