COVID-19 lockdowns, fear of infection, worsening mental health of Nigerians — Experts

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By Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale

The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impact on the mental health of Nigerians in more ways than one. With this in mind, it is therefore no surprise that the theme for World Mental Health Day 2021, tagged: Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality, is apt for the COVID-19 times.

The pandemic has not only disrupted and altered lives, but exposed social and economic inequalities that contributed in large measure to the spread of the virus. Such inequalities are also at the core of underlying health conditions which correlate with excess deaths across countries.

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