Govt seeks improved mental health

Prof. Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Health is set to hold a mental health conference geared towards drawing attention to the importance of a multi-sectoral approach to provide improved mental health interventions for citizens.

The conference, according to a statement on Sunday, was organised to chart a positive and realistic course towards providing the mental and social health assets as well as infrastructure needed in the state.

The conference, with the theme, ‘Responding to the Mental Health Needs of a 21st Century Megacity,’ would hold on Tuesday.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in the statement, said the conference was an offshoot of the Livable City Conference held in 2013 which led to the drafting and enactment of the Mental Health Law of 2019 as well as the proposed establishment of a state-owned tertiary psychiatric hospital.

He said, “This conference is sequel to a previously organised event in 2013 where the Governor of Lagos State, top functionaries from the executive, legislative and judiciary, private-sector care providers, mental health professionals and social justice and security experts gathered to discuss, engage, and address the mental and social needs of Lagos State.”

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