n African Journal of Psychiatry - The profile of mentally ill offenders in Katsina, Northern-Nigeria : scientific letter

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



The shift towards community care for patients with chronic mental illness has resulted in an increase in the number of forensic patients. This has been associated with other factors such as gender, education, poverty, diagnosis, psychopathology and lack of access to mental health services. In Sub-Saharan Africa and other Low and Middle Income Countries (LAMIC) access to mental health facilities is poor and often difficult. A study in Nigeria estimated that 70% of the population had no access to mental health facilities. Moreover, in Nigeria, all the mental health centres are located in urban areas and require out-of pocket payment for access to their services. The situation is further complicated by the tortuous pathway to mental health services in Nigeria leading to delay in presentation, increased morbidity and poor outcome.

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