Expert urges govt. to support mental health services in Nigeria with legislation

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By Correspondent in Lagos

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grey Hub Therapeutic Centre, Lagos, Dr Olusola Olowookere, has urged the Federal and State Government to put in place legislation to support the provision of Metal Health Services in the country.

Olowookere gave the advice during the Grand Opening of the Greyhub Therapeutic Centre heal in Lagos on Thursday.

According to him, if government provides more Psychiatric hospitals and subsidized,it would enable more less privileged in the society to access such facilities to better their health status.

“My facilities is a private owned but government could subsidize such service to people who genuinely can not afford them and we will provide them with the help that they need.

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“So the Government need to do more, regarding awareness in provision of services so that at the end of the day,cumulative effort between the government and private sector will enhance the stable and well-being of everybody,” Olowookere said.

He advised Nigerians to always understand early warning signs that could cause trouble for them as a result of having sleepless night, constant headaches among others ailments.

Olowookere said that it was important for people to discover their health status at the early stage and also normalise the conversation to enable people be comfortable in discussing their health issues.

“Such facilities like Greyhub Therapeutic is practised in United States and I know how the emotional and mental well-being on people are privatised as well as the services available to cater for the treatment.

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“I decided to replicate what happened in the developed countries so that we have that kind of facilities in Nigeria,whereby people can be able to work into a place and get help for their mental and emotional problems,” Olowookere said.

He, however, said that the Greyhub mission was to provide health facility with holistic, responsive and innovative approach to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient support to Nigerians.

In his remarks, the Area Medical Lead of Imagine Market, Dr Olukunle Oladehin, appealed to Government to address issue of stigmatisation and create enabling environment to allow people come out and express their feelings.

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He said that Greyhub was a facility that could help mental health disorders persons and emotional trauma persons to manage their health and have good quality of life and avoid sigma.

Oladehin said mental health remained one of the major health problems affecting people in the country, adding that such investment like Greyhub therapeutic would help in solving such problems.

He, however, urged Nigerians to always visit hospitals and asked them to visit therapeutic Centre, recommended, to enable them enjoy quality health.

The Senior Pastor, Chapel of Redemption Kaduna, Rev. Joshua Omoraiye, prayed for the success of the Centre and asked God to take their affairs of the centre for the realisation of the desire overall success of the project.

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