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Mental health legislation in Nigeria: current leanings and future yearnings

  • Adegboyega O. Ogunlesi (a1) and Adegboyega Ogunwale (a1)

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Nigeria's current mental health legislation stems from a lunacy ordinance enacted in 1916 that assumed the status of a law in 1958. The most recent attempt to reform the law was with an unsuccessful Mental Health Bill in 2003. Currently, though, efforts are being made to represent it as an executive Bill sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health. The present paper reviews this Bill, in particular in light of the World Health Organization's recommendations on mental health legislation.

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Mental health legislation in Nigeria: current leanings and future yearnings

  • Adegboyega O. Ogunlesi (a1) and Adegboyega Ogunwale (a1)

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Mental health legislation in Nigeria: current leanings and future yearnings

  • Adegboyega O. Ogunlesi (a1) and Adegboyega Ogunwale (a1)
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