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Prison inmates have highest number of depression - Physicians

Prison inmates have highest number of depression - Physicians

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Family Doctors Day, medical doctors have reached out to prison in­mates to stem the rising number of inmates deal­ing with depression and suicide attempts.
South East Coordina­tor of Society of Fam­ily Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON), Dr Jideuma Egwim who led 10 other doctors, made the disclo­sure during a health semi­nar organised by the body at the Owerri prisons, Imo State.
Egwim disclosed that research has shown that people in prison form a high number of people battling depression and anxiety over the restric­tion of movement and other forms of freedom.
According to him, “lack of understanding of such disorders may present prison inmates as vio­lent,” saying the seminar will help the inmates and the staff deal better with concerns noting that May 19th (today) is world fam­ily doctors day the world over.
Doctor for Imo State Prisons, Dr Innocent Chukwuezi explained that confinement is enough to cause depression saying many inmates battle high blood pressure.
He expressed hopes that after the seminar, in­mates will embrace medi­tation, relaxation, prayers amongst others to avoid depression and suicide thoughts.
Dr Chukwuezi advocat­ed for the deployment of more doctors to the prison to enhance efficiency not­ing that he alone attends to over 2,000 inmates at the Owerri prison, as well as those at the Okigwe prisons, and Training school.
On his part, Deputy Controller of Owerri Pris­ons, Kalu Matthew dis­closed that the command has received a new sewage truck for the disposal of the waste at the command.
It will be recalled that for over a year, the Owerri prisons environs emits offensive odour resulting from human faeces dis­charged into gutters.

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