Musa Na Allah
Poverty, socioeconomic problems and drug abuse has been described as major factor responsible for increased mental illness, suicide in the society.
The consultant psychiatrist with Kware Psychiatric Hospital Sokoto, Dr Mashahood Abdulrazak disclosed this to journalists in Sokoto.
He said the current rate of poverty and unemployment among citizens has resulted in the excessive substance and drug abuse by youths and elderly.
The consultant further maintained that many patients brought to the mental home were products of excessive drugs and substance or depression.
He said Kware psychiatric hospital has the lowest fees charged for the medical up keep of patients including feeding and other logistics.
According to him, the hospital charges as low as 45,000 naira which every right-thinking person knew it would not be enough to carter to medical bill of a mental patient who at times become hostile to their care givers.
The current influx of patients to the hospital seeking medications over the years makes it imperative for charity organizations and well to do individuals to render their support to the hospital in its quest to deliver the mandate of its establishment.
“We received patients from all states across the country including those from countries like Niger and Benin republics, some patients even abandoned by their relations during medications,” Dr Abdulrazzak said.