- Search Results
 
 
Dr. Kateh Wants Treatment For Depression Prioritized
Date Uploaded: Apr 07, 2017

Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh

 

Dr. Kateh Wants Treatment For Depression Prioritized

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, April 7 (LINA) - The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, has called on Liberians to pay keen attention to people struggling with depression by aiding and encouraging them to seek timely treatment for mental health disorder.

Dr. Kateh said depression, which is a critical mental health disorder, can be prevented and treated, but cautioned Liberians struggling with such disorder to seek timely medication, to prevent it from degenerating beyond control.

Kateh made the comments against the backdrop that Liberia as a founding Member of the World Health Organization (WHO), will form part of the 70th World Health Day celebration which will be observed on April 7, under the theme: "Depression."

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO.

Kateh said as a result of the psychological impact of Liberia's 14-year civil upheaval coupled with the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, an estimated 1.5 million Liberians are struggling with depression, something, he said, needs serious attention.

The CMO believes that the psychological impact occasioned by these tragic events in Liberia is also contributing to the limited performance and contribution of some Liberians to the growth and development of the nation because they were left in a poor mental state after these crises.

According to the WHO, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

Its latest estimates show that more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of 18 percent between 2005 and 2015.

The WHO says lack of support for people with mental disorder, coupled with fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives.

According to the WHO, increased investment will be required to combat the disorder. It says in many countries, there is no or very little support available for people with mental health disorders.

It stated that in high-income countries, nearly 50 percent of people with depression do not get treatment.

"An average of just three percent of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than one percent in low-income countries to five percent in high-income countries," the WHO stated.

LINA WSG/TSS/PTK

 

latest headlines
LEC Holds Community Engagements Against Power Theft
The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has renewed its warning to individuals engaged in power theft to desist, as it was costing government i ...more
Cuttington University Promises To Sustain EHELD Projects
The Administration of the Cuttington University has assured the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) of its commitment ...more
Justice Banks Decline To Issue Prohibition Against Korkoyah
Supreme Court Justice-in-Chamber Philip A. Z. Banks Thursday declined to grant the writ of prohibition requested by Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh against ...more
VP Boakai Assures LACC Of Support To Tackle Graft
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has assured the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) of his unreserved commitment to tackle the scourge of c ...more
Pres. Sirleaf Congratulates Luxembourg On ‘National Day'
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to His Royal Highness, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, on that country’s Nati ...more
ECOWAS Envoys Congratulate Pres. Sirleaf
The Dean of ECOWAS Ambassadors and Heads of Mission Accredited to Senegal, General Edouard Tiape Kassarate, has congratulated President Ellen Joh ...more
 
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency