Government urged to increase tax on tobacco for health funds

Gloria Essien


The Nigerian government has been charged to increase tax on tobacco and other unwholesome products in the country to generate funds for mental Healthcare.


Dr. Tunde Ojo, gave the advice in a Keynote address at the 2019 Annual Health Week of the Association of Resident Doctors, FCTA chapter, Abuja.


He also said that more awareness needs to be created about mental health issues in Nigeria.


The keynote speaker also said that lack of knowledge and where to seek help and led to the death many young Nigerians.


He however adviced parents to be more observant with their children to avoid mental disorder which normally has traceable symptoms.


The chairman of the occasion and Director FCT Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Mohammed Danfulani, commanded the resident doctors for picking on a subject that affects many Nigerians.


The president of the Association of Resident Doctors, FCTA chapter, Dr. Roland Aigbovo, said that the theme of the conference “The Neglect of Mental Health: A Threat to the Society”, was carefully selected to draw the attention of both the government and the general to the growing neglect of mental illnesses in Nigeria.


“It has been reported that 1 in 4 Nigerians suffer from mental illnesses. These illnesses vary in their presentation and are generally characterised by constellation of symptoms including: abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions behaviour and disturbed relationship with others. Hence the need to bring it to front burner for discussion and to profer ways to better educate and enlighten our people on mental health,” Dr. Aigbovo said.


He added that the association may not have solved all issues facing it but have performed creditably in the last one year.


Issues on care of mentally health challenges were raised and Nigerians urged to show more love and care to one another.