The Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria (APN), on Tuesday, said fake news on COVID-19 pandemic could cause significant emotional distress to Nigerians and increase the rate of mental health problems in the country.
Dr. Taiwo Sheikh, National President, APN, said the pandemic was a stressful period with many Nigerians nursing the fear of being infected, losing loved ones or dying.
“The Association notes the impact of the novel Corona Virus Infection (COVID-19) as it presents new and unique challenges.
“The COVID-19 pandemic as a global crisis has also affected Nigerians in various ways ranging from lifestyle changes, enforced shutdowns, economic losses, family dislocations, and separations.
“Unfortunately, the situation is compounded by fake news, alarming reports and…