Addressing the challenges of dementia care in Nigeria: A call for a comprehensive national strategy

Nigeria faces a mounting public health challenge with the rising prevalence of dementia, compounded by cultural misunderstandings and stigma. Despite having over 260 million inhabitants and a rapidly aging population, there is no coherent national plan to address dementia care. This must change.

The latest article by Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola calls for an urgent, comprehensive national strategy to tackle dementia care in Nigeria. Drawing on the WHO’s Global Dementia Action Plan, it emphasizes the need for a multi-faceted approach that integrates public health prioritization, awareness and stigma reduction, improved diagnosis, treatment, and support for both patients and caregivers.

🏥 Key recommendations include:

  • Elevating dementia care as a national health priority.
  • Enhancing public awareness to reduce stigma.
  • Implementing better diagnostic and treatment protocols.
  • Providing robust support systems for caregivers.
  • Leveraging community support to foster a more inclusive society.

💡 By adopting these measures, Nigeria can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families. It’s not just a policy shift; it’s a moral obligation to protect the dignity and well-being of our elderly population.

Read the full article, the conversation on how we can drive change and make dementia care a national priority.