A Consultant psychiatric with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, (ATBTH), Bauchi, Abubakar Bagudu, says eight out of every 10 patients brought to the psychiatric clinic of the hospital are youths who abused drugs.
Mr Bagudu stated this at a lecture to mark the 2018 World Mental Health Day in Bauchi on Wednesday.
He said drug abuse among young people had left them with depression and high level of suicide.
The consultant, who quoted the World Health Organisation (WHO), said half of all mental health cases started from ages 14, adding that most cases went undetected.
“That is why the Psychiatric department decided to create awareness among post primary school students.
“Most youths, nowadays, spend hours on the internet, experiencing horror films and crimes,” he said.
Mr Bagudu said adolescents and early adulthood were periods when many changes occurred thus, making youths to experiment a lot of things, including drugs abuse.
He, however, said prevention started from understanding early warning signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
The consultant, who stressed the need for communities not to stigmatise drug said addicts should be re-integrates into society after treatment.
In his remark, Atebgese Simon, said youth take to drugs due to the influence of peer group pressure to improve self esteem, drug availability, accessibility, wrongful prescription and lack of drug education.
He added that drugs affected the vital organs of the human body and had physical, social and mental effect on an individual.
“Bauchi as you know is among the states with a high rate of codeine abuse, translating into large turnout of patients with mental problems in the state,” he said
Mr Simon called for the establishment of a drug rehabilitation centre in the state to cater for addicts after completing their treatment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this year theme of the 2018 world mental health day is “Young people and mental health in a changing world.” (NAN)
Husband allegedly beats wife to death with belt
A man identified as Laiko Osuri, has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, to death with a belt.
The unfortunate incident happened at their Kahawa Sukari home, Nairobi, Kenya.
According to neighbours who spoke to a local daily, the couple fought a lot but explained that they were the usual “husband and wife quarrels”.
On the fateful day, the deceased reportedly screamed for help for hours but nobody came to her aid.
Her father, Douglas Ouma said that his late daughter, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, sent him a “Please Call Me” text on Wednesday night. But he tried to reach her, no one came to the phone.
“My daughter sent me a ‘Please call me’ but I was asleep so I did not hear the phone,” he is quoted by the daily.
Mr Osuri would later call him back and inform him that he and Adhiambo had had an argument.
Confirming the details was Ruiru divisional police commander James Ng’etich who noted that the suspect who is already in custody had admitted to assaulting the deceased using a belt.
Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri
Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.
The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…
“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.
For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.
However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.
Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.
Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.
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