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Nigerians Urged To Prioritize Physical, Mental Health

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By Garry Ochigbo

Nigerians have been urged to take their physical and mental health seriously despite the economic challenges in the country.

The President, Institute of Medical and Health Law, IMHL, Prof. Uwakwe Agubu made the call at a forum in Abuja.

Mr Agubu said the forum was aimed at sensitizing Nigerians on the need to maintain optimal health in a distressed economy.

He added that the health of the citizens is very fundamental because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation and should not be taken for granted.

According to Agubu, health is the complete state of Physical, Mental and Psychological well-being which should be monitored strictly for optimal advantage.

He however called on the Nigerian Government to invest more in the health sector to address issues such as mental health in line with global best practices.

Agubu, expressed dissatisfaction with the health care system in Nigeria which he rated as below average.

He added that a conference on Medical and Health Law this month with the theme “maintaining optimal mental health in a distressed socio- political economy” is to partner govt on ways to tackle challenges faced by Nigerians in these trying times.

He however added that the Institute was working out modalities aimed at counselling Nigerians especially youths across the country on the need to take their mental health seriously irrespective of the harsh economic situation.

Agubu however emphasized that IMHL has inducted 50 members drawn from various walks of life to join in the campaign to promote mental health.

Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Safiya Wada

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