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1 In 7 Nursing Mothers Suffers From Postpartum Depression by realestyomi(m): 10:13am On Aug 29, 2017
Mr Tunji Johnson, a Team Lead, Monitoring and Evaluation, Postpartum Support Network Africa, says one in seven nursing mothers are suffering from the postpartum depression.

Johnson spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a conference on "Work and Emotional Balance" in Lagos.

The conference was organised by Accrossall, a training and social development organisation, on Saturday.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia describes postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, as "a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth which can affect both sexes.

According to Johnson, there are no measures in place in the nation's health institutions to address the issue of post-partum depression in mothers.

Children born by women that have post-partum depression have the tendency to exhibit behavioural problems when they become adults.

In this part of the world, mental illness is more perceived as spiritual, and so we have to do something about it," he said.

Johnson said that there was a need to create more awareness among mothers and train more nurses to attend to pregnant women in the antenatal clinics.

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