=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Yobe Government are planning a partnership to train 70 healthcare personnel on mental health in the 17 Local government areas of the state, according to Dr Richard Lako, the WHO Emergency Manager for Northeast, who made this known on Monday while declaring the training open in Damaturu.
Speaking via a representative, Mr Samuel Tarfa, Lako said that:”there is high burden of patients requiring mental healthcare and majority of them do not receive quality or evidence-based healthcare.
“This informed the decision of the WHO to support the Yobe government in training 70 healthcare workers on mental health to bridge the gap and scaled-up mental healthcare in the state”, he said.
The WHO Mental Officer also added that low investment in mental healthcare has led to the rise in mental disorder over the years.
“The gap in mental healthcare is a global health issue, considering the low investment by middle and low income countries, because less than two per cent of healthcare budget is allocated to mental healthcare which is inadequate.”
PROJECTED IMPACT: The collaboration is very crucial to the state’s health system as it will help the health workers to be able to identify the mental health cases at the entry point, manage it accordingly or make referrals where the cases are beyond their capacity.