Mental Health: Medical Director Advocates Increased Budgetary Allocation

The Provost and Medical Director, Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta, Dr. Akanni Agboola wants the Federal Government to increase the budgetary allocation for the health sector towards improving the mental health services in the country.

Dr Agboola made the call in a message to commemorate the 2020 World Mental Health Day with the theme; “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access”

The Provost, who decried the perceived poor attention to medical health issues, said there was the need for government to invest more in mental health care in line with the theme of this year’s celebration.

He noted that unless the country make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health, social and economic consequences would be far reaching. 

Dr Agboola encouraged governments at all levels and private investors to investment in mental health services to raise awareness among children, adolescents, young, adult and elderly.

Olusegun Folarin

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