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On October 25, 2019, the Minister of Health of Nigeria announced its recent effort to improve health care in Nigeria. The federal Health Ministry will begin consulting with foreign governments to discuss how to lure 1,000 “expert” foreign doctors to practice in Nigeria, a country with 200-million population. Nigerian news media were incredulous. The well-documented problem with Nigerian health care is the widespread lack of internationally acceptable medical facilities and equipment for secondary and tertiary hospital care. It is true that a handful of private hospitals in major cities like Abuja and Lagos are able to provide healthcare in certain specialties. The costs for those procedures are expensive, well beyond… Read More
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Physical Health and Psychiatric Disorder in Nigeria

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER IN NIGERIA By: R.J.M Collis (This paper about psychiatric treatment of the poor in Yoruba villages in northwestern Nigeria, was published by the American Philosophical Society in 1966 barely six years after Nigeria gained independence from England. Nevertheless, Dr. Collins’ observations are just as valid fifty years later as our organization works to build a Western style hospital – The Catholic League Medical and Mental Hospital –for rural communities in and around Okoti, Odekpe, Anambra State in southeastern Nigeria.) NOTE: The text that follows here is a condensed version of Dr. Collis’ much longer and highly detailed clinical report. To read a PDF file of… Read More
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Evolution of Modern Psychiatric Care in Nigeria

  EVOLUTION OF MODERN PSYCHIATRIC CARE IN NIGERIA (STUDY PUBLISHED IN 1976, BUT STILL INSTRUCTIVE TODAY) PREAMBLE The future of modern psychiatric care in Nigeria inevitably presupposes a cursory look into the past and the present trends in the country’s mental health program. First, psychiatric patients tend to seek care from assorted traditional healers prior to their admission to modern psychiatric facilities. This is not necessarily indicative of the unavailability of general practitioners (which is in fact the case with Nigeria), but due to the world-view of the patients and significant others. The etiology of mental illness is rooted in evil machination of the enemy, cosmic forces, or excessive strain… Read More
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Nigerian Medical Association History

FROM A NMA PRESS RELEASE FOUND ON NMA WEBSITE JULY 6, 2018 ABOUT THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION National Executives                   The Nigerian Medical Association is the largest medical association in the West African sub­region with over 40,000 members from 36 state branches and the branch from the federal capital territory with about 19,000 in Diaspora. 70% of doctors practice in urban areas where only 30% of the population resides. The population of Nigeria is about 160million. Policy decisions are made by the Association’s National Executive Council (NEC) which is the governing body. The constitution of NMA is supreme and provisions shall have… Read More
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Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria

  Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) | World Psychiatric Association NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, P.M.B. 2002, ARO, ABEOKUTA. NIGERIA. Phone: 039-245-25014 Fax: 039-241-778 E-mail: ( INTRODUCTION The Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) was first mooted in 1969 and inaugurated in 1970. At the onset of psychiatry practice in Nigeria, many of the pioneer psychiatrists worked within government establishments in the university system and in federal and state government owned hospitals. Today, the APN has grown in membership and reach to now include specialists and trainees in public and private spheres of clinical and academic activity. The members of the association consist of psychiatrists and registered affiliates from all over… Read More
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