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Experts laud Mental Health Bill pass into law

Experts laud Mental Health Bill pass into law
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Successful passage of the bill is hailed as a step forward for the industry.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, experts in the mental health field lauded the federal government for passing the Mental Health Bill into law. The bill’s successful passing into law has been hailed as a step forward in the industry, one that will allow for ideal safety, development, and expansion in mental health service systems throughout the nation. According to a statement released by the clerk of the National Assembly, President Mohammed Buhari passed on the legislation last week after it had been approved by the National Assembly back in November 2022.

It’s also worth noting that the law went through several phases before receiving the president’s approval. In 2019, the Senate gave the mental health bill a boost towards becoming law by giving it a second reading and scheduling public hearings in the year 2020. Harmonized by the Houses of Assembly in 2021, the measure is credited with being the first post-Independence Mental Health Act and is typically regarded as having replaced the Lunacy Act of 1958.

Nigeria’s mental health care is now controlled by modern legislation.

Speaking on the development, Veronica Nyamali, vice president of the Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria (APN), said that this new National Mental Health Law is “a great move in the right direction” in light of the recent events. She noted that the bill would modify and regulate psychiatric services operations in the country to the worldwide best practices. She adds that the major emphasis is now on all psychiatric facilities, their staff, the general public, and the government to comply with the standards of the legislation.

Nyamali asserts that everyone must conform to the requirements of the law, and anybody who is found to be using antiquated practices is either breaking the law or defying it. As Maymunah Kadiri, consultant Neuropsychiatrist and medical director of Pinnacle Medical Services Ltd., pointed out, with this new development, Nigeria’s mental health care system is now controlled by modern legislation. She further commended the stakeholders for their efforts and support in getting the law passed.

The law protects mental health patients’ human rights.

In light of the fact that the Lunacy Act of 1958 had been in effect for the previous 65 years despite the fact that it was not only out of date but also unethical, Kadiri feels that signing the mental health bill was a good move. The scope of the legislation involves not only the provision of human rights protections for those who are battling mental health issues but also the accessibility of mental health treatments in basic, secondary, and tertiary health facilities located all across the country.

Other positive outcomes include the elimination of restraints such as forced therapy, isolation, and solitary confinement, as well as the assurance that patients have a say in the development of their own individual treatment programs. Conversely, Veronica Ezeh, the director of the NGO Adicare Rehabilitation Home, has spoken out against the past treatment of those with mental health issues. She argues that persons with mental health issues have been subjected to a lot of negativity, denial, stigma, and prejudice, none of which have helped with the treatment or management of their disorders.

Discrimination and stigmatization towards disorders will diminish.

According to Ezeh, who is also a psychiatric nurse at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Yaba, many were refused access to mental health treatments and were instead chained and locked up or sent to prayer homes, where their situations deteriorated. However, she argued that the Mental Health Law would diminish or eliminate all types of discrimination and stigmatization towards persons with mental health disorders. Equity in the treatment of those with mental health issues will be ensured, and there will be clear guidelines for providing mental health services.


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19 days ago

Experts laud Mental Health Bill pass into law – Successful passage of the bill is hailed as a step forward for the industry. – Express your point of view.

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19 days ago

It is really true that the way people suffering from mental disorders are being treated is outrageous in Nigeria. This new law will surely put things right now and help protect the disorder.

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19 days ago

This a welcoming bill. It will be aimed at maintaining and protecting our mental health. It will help us ensure people are sane in the country.

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19 days ago

Many professionals in the field of mental health expressed their gratitude to the federal government for enacting the Mental Health Bill in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

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19 days ago

It has been recognized as a stride forward in the sector, one that will allow for optimal safety, that the measure was successful in getting into law, and it has been applauded as such.

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19 days ago

It’s important to remember that the law had to go through a number of revisions before it was finally signed into effect by the president. I

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19 days ago

Successful passage of the bill is hailed as a step forward for the industry. Government really need to do the expansion on the Mental Health

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19 days ago

The metal health condition has not been giving the proper attention it should be giving by the right authority in the country and many citizens are going through a lots concerning the issue.It is right time all should be on deck to fight it by all means.

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19 days ago

The mental health bill was given a second reading and public hearings were scheduled, both of which were important steps toward the measure’s eventual passage into law.

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8
19 days ago

There will be clear rules for how mental health services are to be given, and people who are having trouble with their mental health will be treated fairly.

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19 days ago

It is now extremely important for all psychiatric hospitals, as well as their employees, members of the general public, and the government, to comply with the requirements set forth by the legislation.

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19 days ago

It will be assured that persons who struggle with mental health concerns are treated fairly, and there will be clear criteria for the provision of services related to mental health.

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19 days ago

Mental health is a serious issues because the most common which is depression is prevalent among people and based led to do.many committing suicide and government needs to do.more awareness about this.

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19 days ago

This is a nice and good bill to protect the mental health and not to be treat anyhow to maintain good conduct with them. Proper care should be giving to them

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19 days ago

In a conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria, numerous mental health experts thanked the federal government for passing the Mental Health Bill.

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19 days ago

Compliance with the requirements of the legislation is now crucial for all mental hospitals, as well as their staff, the general public, and the government.

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19 days ago

Many residents are struggling with metal health since the country’s authorities haven’t been paying enough attention to it. It’s time to fight it with everything we’ve got.

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18 days ago

The mental health bill was given a second reading and public hearings were scheduled, both of which were important steps toward the measure’s eventual passage into law.

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17 days ago

The lunch Acts of 1958 have been long overdue for replacement since it is now 65 years. It is definitely important to replace a recent one that conform to the standard of the world ways and forms of treating mentally derail person.

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17 days ago

The government, the general public, the personnel, and all mental facilities are being urged to abide by the law’s provisions.

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17 days ago

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, many experts in the field of mental health expressed their gratitude to the federal government for passing the Mental Health Bill.

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16 days ago

The Lunacy Act of 1958 has been for along unattended to but thanks to Buhari administration who have passed a bill that helps to standardized medical practices.

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