Benue State government has promised to partner with a donor agency, Christian Blind Mission, CBM Australia in order to take care of issues bordering the mental health of its citizens.
This was disclosed by the state deputy governor, Benson Abounu during a recent interaction with the delegation from the organisation in his office in Makurdi, the state capital.
Abounu said a memo would be written to that effect and presented to the executive council for relevant assistance.
He appreciated CBM for choosing the state for their project and urged it to assist in the training of psychiatric nurses to manage the rising number of patients, considering that Nigerians have severe cases of depression, which can be either work or family related and otherwise.
The deputy governor also called on the organisation to present the names of the health workers previously trained for immediate employment.
He said the health workers have complained that they were denied employment by the previous administration.
Earlier, the programme coordinator of CBM in the state, Philip Ode, stated that they were going round their project sites to ascertain its success, adding that the donor agency was committed to improving the quality of life of people with mental health.
CBM partners in the state are Methodist Church Nigeria represented by Otukpo diocese, Benue State Ministry of health, Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, NKST, MNC Edawu and Agboke centres.
On his part, Dr. Emeka, the mental health adviser of the agency noted that 17 million out of the 170 million Nigerians suffer from severe mental disorder.
Emeka said the agency have decided to assist because people with such aliment have not been receiving treatments.
He, however, said the oganisation has faced lots of setback, particularly in Nigeria as it was poorly resourced in low and medium income countries, stressing that in Africa the agency have just two pilot scheme which is Ethiopia and Nigeria.

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