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National Policy for Mental Health Service Delivery (2013)

Government of Nigeria Country Resources Mental Health Policies Nigeria August 2013 Policy document mental health service, mental health system, policy

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Vision for the policy: The Government and people of Nigeria hereby reaffirm that health, including mental well being, is the inalienable right of every Nigerian, and that mental, neurological and substance abuse (MNS) care shall be made available to all citizens within the national health system at the level of primary health care (PHC) and in communitiesā€™ā€™.

Summary of main areas of reform
To provide adequate mental and neurological care for Nigerians the following major areas of reforms are to be effected by the Ministry of Health:
- Mainstreaming mental and neurological health within national health, social welfare, education and criminal justice policy.
- Integrating mental and neurological health into the primary care system.
- Strengthening and developing existing systems for human resource development, information and communication.
- Decentralisation of specialist mental and neurological health services
- Strengthening management of mental and neurological health services
- Encouraging intersectoral partnerships with other key Governmental Organizations (GOs) and NGOs.
- Linking to educational programmes in schools, workplaces, the community and the media.


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