The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, has expressed the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) in curbing the menace of mental disorder arising from drug abuse in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary made this known during our courtesy visit to his office to establish a coherent relationship with the Ministry in carrying out mental health and drug use related projects in Nigeria in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and European Union Commission (EUC).
While introducing the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative, Mr. Zion Ameh, Founder, reiterated the need for the Federal Ministry of Health to promptly consider the holistic integration of mental health into Nigeria’s healthcare system.
Mr. Zion also recapped to the Perm Sec, the urgent need of using his good office to drive the campaign of health financing for mental health in Nigeria in order to tackle the issue of out of pocket financing as it also relates to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and promote the advocacy for the integration of mental health funding into the global fund starting at the world leaders forthcoming 6th Replenishment Conference to commemorate October 10 World Mental Health Day 2019.
While expressing his pleasure about the activities of MHEI, Mr. Abdullahi assured the team that he had instructed the Director of Food and Drugs Department and other Directors to include mental health into the activities of the Federal Ministry of Health.
With deep appraisal for timely and important advocacy visit, the Perm Sec promised to facilitate the process of factoring mental health funding into the 2020 budget of the Federal Ministry of Health.